If after a long and exhausting day you just can’t go to sleep, you’re not the only one. There are many of us in that situation. Fortunately, some simple things might help.
A survey of more than 25,000 people conducted by SleepScore Labs (a sleep technology company) analyzed two million nights of data and found that 75 percent of people get less than seven hours of sleep a night. That’s definitely not healthy, neither is taking sleeping pills each night. Keep on reading for 4 ways to get a better night’s rest.
1-No Screens Before Bed
Screens are everywhere nowadays. No more scrolling through Instagram or watching TV before going to sleep. The lights of these devices and the effect some posts or emails have on our brains can make it harder to unwind and fall asleep. The best you can do? Avoid electronics some minutes before you’re going to sleep
2-Sweat It Out
Regular exercise in the morning or early afternoon can help you get some quality sleep at night because physical activity is stress-releaser and will prepare you for a restful night of sleep. So, no more complaining about the gym now, it can help you in more ways than you imagine.
3-Take Some Deep Breaths
If stress is hitting your head, pay attention to your breathing (it will speed up when we’re stressed out). Try slow, deep abdominal breathing before going to bed.
4-Organize Your Bedroom Strategically
It’s not only about the quality of your mattress, but how it’s arranged in your bedroom, that’s important for sleep success. “Move your bed a comfortable distance from the bedroom door where you can still see who or what is coming through, but so you’re not in the direct path,” says Beth Steflik, Feng Shui consultant and teacher. “This placement provides the body the needed relief from the activity of the door, which calms the amygdala — the fight-or-flight mechanism of the brain.”
Isn't this good news? It’s possible to get your snooze on without resorting to meds. But in case non-drug remedies aren’t working, see your doctor.