Sleep Tips

Feb 4, 2014

Do you have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep? It could be due to a number of little things you do during the day that don’t have an effect until much later at night. Follow these simple tips to help your body know when it’s time to rest.

Shut off your electronics

It is recommended that you have no contact with your cellphones, laptops, or other electronics at least an hour before you plan on going to sleep. Many doctors think that the bright screens heighten brain activity and make it harder to adjust back to a relaxed state for sleep.

Keep the room dark

This follows the same concept as above; by keeping the room as dark as possible, you ensure that you have as few disruptions as possible, allowing your brain and body to relax. If you sleep during the light hours of the day, try products like blackout blinds to keep the sun out.

Take a nap

This tip may seem counterproductive, but not if it’s done in the right way. Naps under 30 minutes can actually help you sleep better at night by preventing exhaustion. Sleeping more than 30 minutes during the day, however, can cause you to wake during the deeper parts of your sleep cycle, causing you to wake feeling less well rested.

To see the original CNN video for these tips, click here!