If you are anything like me, as soon as I lay down to go to sleep I start to think about all the things on my to do list. I'm up for hours and sometime struggle to get out of bed in the morning. It can be hard to lay down and relax. If you are overtired for too long it can lead to being less productive, irritable, and you can even get sick. With cold and flu season finally here, one of the best things you can do to make sure you don't catch anything is to make sure you are getting plenty of rest every night. Here are a few tips to help you get to sleep and stay asleep longer.
Give yourself a routine! Everyone has a different work and life schedule but find the best times that fit in with your lifestyle. Some may be an early riser to get things done bright early. Some are night owls that are most productive while others are sleeping. Once you figure out what works best for you, try to go to bed and wake up around the same time every single day. It may be hard to fall asleep the first few nights. But, eventually your body will get used to relaxing in bed around that time and soon you will be snoozing!
Avoid Blue Light
Technology is literally everywhere you turn! It's so easy to be working and stay connected right up until the moment you go to bed but your body is getting all of that blue light so late at night. It can mess with your body and tell yourself that it is actually daytime. Try getting off blue light electronics around 30-60 minutes before you plan on going to bed. This includes your phone, computers and the tv!
While we talking about electronics, I should mention getting electronics out of the bedroom! If you can't sleep, you may grab your phone and start scrolling (guilty!) this can lead to mindless scrolling that could turn into hours.
Avoid Caffeine After 2p
Everyone's body reacts differently to caffeine but it's best to avoid caffeine after 2pm to ensure that you can fall asleep easily. If you love the taste of tea or coffee late at night, stick to decaf!