June 14, 2023
There are times when you can't sleep. It's usually because you've had a hard day, or maybe it's just always been that way. If you're struggling to get a good night's rest, it's worth trying some different strategies to help you get into bed and stay there until morning. Here are some tips for improving your sleep:
The light from your phone, tablet, computer and TV can prevent you from falling asleep. Try to avoid looking at any screens for at least an hour before going to sleep. Reading a book is better than watching TV because it helps you relax and fall asleep faster (and you won't have to worry about being tempted by Netflix).
If you must use your computer or laptop in bed at night, don't browse the web or play video games on them--just check email/social media and get off as quickly as possible!
Reading something boring can help you fall asleep. Don't read exciting things like thrillers, or anything that will make you feel anxious or worried. Don't read anything that will make you feel sad or depressed either! Reading something that doesn’t interest you can help with getting your mind prepared for sleep.
Low impact chores are better than watching TV or doing nothing. If you're having trouble sleeping and can't seem to quiet your mind, try doing some light housework. This can be anything from vacuuming the living room to taking out the trash or cleaning your room. You can also cook something simple like scrambled eggs or toast with jam if that sounds appealing at the moment (but don't go overboard!). Going for a walk is another great option as long as it isn't too cold outside! As long as you do these at a relaxed pace and don’t work up a sweat, you should find yourself ready to fall asleep in no time.
While exercise is a great way to de-stress and unwind, it's not ideal for sleep. Exercising before bedtime can make your heart beat faster and keep you awake longer than if you had just relaxed in bed.
You should also avoid eating before going to bed, as this can cause indigestion or prevent digestion from occurring properly. The last thing anyone wants when they're trying to fall asleep is an upset stomach!
If you're having trouble sleeping, it can be really helpful to try some of these tips. They might not work for everyone, but if one thing does work for you then great! The important thing is that you keep trying different things until you find something that works well enough for your lifestyle.
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