Not getting enough sleep is something we can probably all relate to. Whether it’s the kids keeping you awake, you’re worrying about something at work, your partner won’t stop snoring or you’re just tossing and turning because you can’t get comfy. We all wake up wishing we could just hit snooze and roll back over.
There are plenty of ways to hide how tired you might be, whether that’s indulging in the latest eye creams to hide those tired looking eyes – check out this Vogue review of eye creams here – to piling on the bronzer and fake tan in the hope of looking a little more awake at work. But what about something a little more permanent? Prevention is better than cure, right?
Still unsure? Don’t worry – read on for 7 ways you can get a better night’s sleep.
Set your body’s internal clock
In order to improve the quality of the sleep you’re getting then you need to set your internal clock. And that means going to bed at the same time every day. If you naturally wake up at the time you need to get up then you’re getting enough sleep. If you need an alarm clock, then you need to go to bed earlier. Yes, it’s that simple!
Avoid those weekend lie-ins
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but weekend lie ins need to be avoided if you want a good nights sleep. Even if you need to make up for a late night, try napping early on in the day rather than laying in bed. Speaking of napping…
Be smart when it comes to naps
You wouldn’t let your baby or toddler nap for 2 hours from 4pm, would you? So, why should the same apply to you? If you feel the need to nap in order to pay off a sleep debt then you can nap, just make sure you limit it to 15-20 minutes in the early afternoon.
Be wary of light exposure
By this, we mean both natural and artificial light.
Get some rays
Exposing yourself to as much natural sunlight as possible will help your body to associate with activity during the daytime. Take as much time as you can outdoors, whether that’s walking the dog a little more, or having your lunch breaks outdoors rather than in the stuffy office. If possible, keep blinds and curtains at your workstation and at home, open during the day and let natural light flood in.
No more late night TV
TV shows aren’t relaxing, they’re produced with the purpose of keeping our attention and are simply far too stimulating to have on before you try to sleep. The alternative would be listening to an audiobook or listening to some calming music instead.
Avoid bright screens
This means, TV, laptop, smart phones and tablets. You shouldn’t be looking at anything with a bright screen 1-2 hours before you head up to bed. If you can’t live without your smart phone, try turning down the brightness a little.
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