Poor sleep can lead to brain fog, poor decision-making, and even obesity. If you find that you’re guzzling caffeine or eating sugar late in the day to stay awake, it’s time to focus on your sleep schedule and sleep hygiene.
1. Turn Off Screens
Make the hour before bed a screen-free time so your brain can embrace the darkness and calm down. Too much screen light before bed convinces your brain that it’s daytime. You’ll have a harder time settling your mind for sleep and may limit the quality of that sleep when you finally drop off.
Paying attention to short snippets of information, such as in an online game or on other video platforms can further agitate your brain. If possible, only use candlelight in your sleeping space. Let your brain calm down and focus on breathing as you watch the candle. Your ability to drop off can quickly improve with no electric light in your sleeping space.
2. Consider a Supplement
If anxious thoughts are constantly limiting your ability to fall asleep, a dosage of CBD gummies can help. Be aware that CBD products impact different people in different ways. Keep a journal to make sure that your CBD product helps you sleep without having an impact on your ability to form memories.
3. Cool Down Your Sleeping Space
Do your best to keep your sleeping area as cool as you can tolerate. A cool sleeping area offers several benefits. First of all, you’re more likely to snuggle in and stay put if the air in your sleeping area is cool. Secondly, your body temperature drops a bit as you enter the deepest layers of sleep.
If you like to bathe at night, try a warm bath instead of a hot bath. Similarly, take a warm shower instead of a hot one. Wear comfy pajamas and use blankets with some loft so your body heat creates a cocoon that will allow you to sleep deeply.
4. Stop Napping
If you’re exhausted in the middle of the day, don’t use caffeine, and don’t take a nap. Instead, try a bit of meditation. Ten minutes of simply clearing your mind and letting your brain relax can give you the energy boost you need to finish your busy day.
Do your best to keep moving through the end of the day so you’re good and tired by bedtime. If you’ve been napping regularly, it may take time to get your sleeping rhythms back in good order.
5. Prepare for Tomorrow Before Bed
For those with anxiety problems or insomnia issues, put in 15 minutes at the end of the day to prepare for tomorrow. Get your workout clothes ready to go. Put together your outfit for tomorrow so you don’t have to make a decision first thing in the morning. Set up the coffeemaker and your breakfast items before bed.
Quality sleep is worth the work. Set an alarm at the end of the day so you can take your CBD or turn off your phone. As you put away today, prep for tomorrow. Avoid napping if you can power through the remainder of your day, and get light and space heaters out of your bedroom.