There’s a lot of advice out there about sleep. So much, in fact, that it would be easy to be kept awake at night worrying about whether we’re doing all of the right things!
Seeing as you’re busy and you don’t have time to compile all of this different advice, I’ve done the hard work for you. Here are my four tips to help you get a great night’s sleep.
1. Don’t just lie there – get up
If you find yourself awake for more than 15 minutes in the middle of the night, get up. This increases your sleep efficiency by reducing the time in bed you spend awake, which in turn increases your sleep quality.
2. Make your room a dark-room
Buy black-out blinds to create a darker environment for your sleep. It’s important for there to be a little light as possible for your brain to tell your body it’s time for sleep.
3. Think it through
Set aside 20 minutes during the day one day to try this exercise. Think about the last seven days – to what extent has poor sleep affected your:
- sense of purpose
- physical health
Choose one of these categories and write down what you could have achieved, or how you would have shown up, had you felt more awake. Use this as motivation to get to bed early and implement the other tips in this blog.
4. Put your electronics away
Blue light interrupts the processes that our brain uses to tell the body to sleep, and our phones and tablets are the main sources of it! Put away your electronics an hour before you sleep and keep them out of your bedroom – check out my blog post on blue light for more information and tips.
I’d love to hear how you’re getting on – why not leave a comment below, or check out my Facebook page and join the conversation on there. Sleep well!