We’ve heard for years that getting enough sleep is vital to our overall health. From stress reduction to healthy skin, a good sleep routine is vital. But how, exactly, do we know if we have good sleep habits? Furthermore, if we do need to make some changes, where do we start? The following list should help you get started. Follow it, and you’ll be sleeping like a champ in no time!
Figure Out How Much Sleep You Actually Need
It’s hard to give an exact, cold, hard number when it comes to how much sleep you actually need to be getting. Most of us have heard that 8 hours is the golden number, but it can actually vary based on a number of factors. Adults usually can get by with 7-7.5 hours without any major issues. Kids, from babies to adolescents, usually need a little more. To find your “sweet spot,” start by getting 7 hours for a few days and see how you feel. If you still feel exhausted, go to bed a little earlier or sleep in, if your schedule allows. If you’re up and at `em with no issues, stick with 7 hours and don’t sweat it if you only get 6, occasionally.
Set A Bed Time And Stick With It
After you settle on how much sleep you need, make sure you set a bed time that ensures you’ll get that amount. Get into an evening routine that has you in bed in plenty of time to fall asleep at the target hour.
Cut Down On The Noise
It may seem like common sense, but do everything you can to make your bedroom as quiet as possible. You can use earplugs or do simple things like rearranging your furniture to cut down on noise pollution from the outside. However, if you find absolute silence too uncomfortable to sleep, you can do the opposite and add some white noise to your evening routine. There are plenty of apps available that serve this function.
Keep Your Room Dark And Cool
Try to keep your room as dark as you can stand it. For some, a nightlight may still be required. For others, putting electrical tape over the numbers on the alarm clock might be the only answer! Keeping your room cool will make it easier to fall asleep. Science says so.
Put Your Phone Down
Finally, lay off your phone when you’re winding down for the night. Screen time, be it your phone or television, will be detrimental to your ability to fall asleep. The light from these devices confuses your brain into thinking its daytime. Try to avoid screens for at least one hour before you fall asleep.