- Set a bedtime and stick to it- Going to bed at the same time consistently helps your body create a nighttime routine. Before you know it, you’ll feel tired when that time is approaching and you’ll drift smoothly into sleep.
- No screens 30 minutes before bed- The backlight on your devices activate your brain, making it harder to “turn off” before shut-eye.
- Exercise- Working out is good for just about everything, including sleep. A normal fitness schedule helps regulate you, allowing sleep to come naturally.
- No naps during the day- Although it may be tempting, catching shut-eye during the day can sabotage your nighttime sleep.
- Evaluate your bedroom- When you walk into your room, to you feel relaxed? If not, it’s time to evaluate. Paint your walls a neutral color, and remove distractions like desks, clutter, and ESPECIALLY televisions for a more peaceful environment.
- Jot down thoughts before bedtime- Write down everything you need to do tomorrow on a notepad before you go to sleep. You will have peace of mind knowing you won’t forget these things tomorrow, and you’ll prevent yourself from lying awake thinking about them all night.
This blog post was brought to you by Danielle Adinolfi, MFT