5 Tips for Creating a Healthy Sleep Routine

Insomnia is something that many people suffer from, myself included. While I’ve resigned myself to getting less sleep than the standard 8 hours, I’ve found some ways to help build a healthy sleep routine.

1| Be consistent.¬†For me the time I’m usually ready to consider trying to actually get settled into sleep is around 10:30pm. Every night. Choose a time and stick to it.

2| Let it go.¬†Worry can be the worst thing, especially in the early hours of the morning. If you’re still thinking about the situations that you encountering during your day and how you could have handled them differently… your mind is never going to calm itself down enough for sleep. Forget the day. It’s over with. You can’t change it and just remember… Tomorrow is another day.

3| Unplug. So, I am one of those people who likes to watch or listen to something on their iPad before going to bed. It’s part of my routine, but I’m loving the Night Shift option. For those of you who like to pick up your iPad when you are restless in the middle of the night, if you have your screen at the same brightness as you do during the day, you’ll never fall asleep. Which leads me to my next tip.

4| Keep it dark. Light is the enemy of sleep. Unless my room is completely dark then I find myself having a restless if not impossible nights sleep.

5| Be cool. I run my ceiling fan all year round. If I get too hot, I’m not going to sleep. The body cools down as you sleep, so in order for your body to find its set point, you room should neither be too hot or too cold.

~theavidpen

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