I participated in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central for Pernix Therapeutics. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Remember a while back when I was talking about how many people in the US aren’t getting enough sleep? It’s definitely a problem that lots of Americans are battling. And while insomnia is not always the result of the actions we take during our awake hours, there are things we can do to help support falling and staying asleep. They are called “Shut-Eye Strategies” and I need to be implementing a few of them myself!
1. GET ACTIVE EARLY
Start setting yourself up for sleep success right from the start of the day. Make sure that you get your daily activity in early – not only are you less likely to skip, the activity will help reinforce your circadian rhythms.
2. GET COMFORTABLE
Remind your body that night time is time to slow down by creating a ritual. Maybe read for a bit or take a warm bath. One of my favorite evening rituals is getting into my comfy pjs and big fluffy socks (yes – even in the summer!!).
3. SIGN OFF
This is the one I really need to work on myself. I am guilty of having my phone, tablet, and/or laptop going right up until bedtime. I know the LED light can be very counterproductive to getting sleep and even invested in a filter that cuts the blue light down. But it really is more than that – it’s the stimulation of everything going on online that gets me revved up. For me, a total shut down is needed.
4. GO DARK
Light and darkness are huge signals to your brain about what state it should be in. Even a little light can trick your brain into thinking it is time to be up and awake. Using tools like room darkening curtains or even an eye mask can help let your brain know it’s time for some shut-eye, especially if you live in the city or where it’s very light outside at night.
With back-to-school coming up shortly, I feel like it’s worth it for me to make some adjustments to get better sleep. When I am well rested, I am more resistant to catching all those bugs that get brought home and I’m definitely more productive. I’ll let you know how it goes! Learn more at WantToSleepMore.com.
What is your biggest obstacle to getting a good night’s sleep?