We all know that a good sleep is critical for being productive, healthy and happy – so why is it that so many of us fail to get this basic need taken care of? I’ve quickly learned if I don’t have a good night sleep, everything else falls apart around me so I’ve spent the past few months really investing into having the best sleep possible. This ensures that I wake up bright an early, feeling well rested and ready to tackle whatever the day has in store for me. If you want some tips for having a better sleep, read these top 3 tips for sleeping better:
1. Have a Dark, Distraction Free Room
If you fall asleep clutching your smart phone in your hand, chances are your sleep isn’t the best. Light really impacts our circadian rhythms and can make it a lot harder for you to sleep each night. Likewise, any light creeping into your room from the windows is going to cause issues too. If you find it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep, you might be surprised to learn that good quality curtains can make a huge difference in your quality of sleep. Take a look at these luxury curtains from Julian Charles for some inspiration. I suggest buying blockout curtains that will stop any light from getting into your room, but if you find some curtains you love that aren’t block out, you can have block out fabric attached to the underside of them to ensure they block out all the light!
2. Cut Down on Screen Time Late at Night
It can be so tempting to scroll through your phone until you fall asleep, or to have the television going while you doze off, but having a light of bright, synthetic light can really affect your body. I try to cut down on screen time at least one to two hours before bed. If you like something to do while you get sleepy, why not consider reading a traditional book to fall asleep!
3. Limit Caffeine After Lunch
If you’re one of those lucky people who can drink a coffee and fall right asleep – well, my hat’s off to you. But for the rest of us, caffeine can have a huge effect on when we can sleep and the sleep quality. I’ve found that I can have one espresso style coffee per day, any more and I struggle to sleep. If you’re drinking filter or instant coffee at home, you will probably be able to have a little more before the effects become too strong. Remember that many energy drinks and soft drinks also have caffeine, and these will count towards the total amount of caffeine you can safely have without affecting your sleep.
These 3 simple changes can go a big way to improving your sleep and ensuring you feel properly rested!