How to improve your sleep

Admit it: You didn’t get enough sleep. Or maybe you got too much and you can’t adjust yourself to wake up in time for work. Or maybe you’re like me and just stay up all night for no apparent reason.

Whatever the case, it’s time for a new, more consistent night routine. So here are a few tips to fix your sleep schedule.

Lighting

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Dim your lighting 1-2 hours before you go to bed and ban all blue light. Blue light is the energy-efficient light that emanates from mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and TVs. Turn these off an hour before you go to bed and read a book instead.

Wake up at the same time every day

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Half the battle to making a consistent sleep schedule is waking up. Waking up at the same time every day will set your body’s routine for a consistent sleep pattern. Pretty soon, your body will become tired staying up at night and go to bed at the appropriate time.

Avoid caffeine

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Have your morning coffee if you must, but ease up on caffeine throughout the day. Stop drinking anything caffeine-related after lunchtime to stop from tossing and turning at night.

Exercise daily

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A good workout during the day will relax your body at night for better sleep.

Skip naps

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Naps might have been a staple for kids in your kindergarten days, but they’re no longer the best way to catch up on some Zs, unless you do them right. That means keeping naps under 20 minutes to keep from staying up all night.

Tire yourself out before sleep

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If you’re in bed and having trouble sleeping, perform a non-blue light activity, such as reading, jumping jacks, some yoga positions, or my personal favorite, meditation.

What is your bedtime routine? Leave a comment below!

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