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Four Tips for Better Sleep

Do you go through phases where it’s harder to sleep or to sleep well? Sleep plays an incredibly important part of your body healing itself. Good sleep can also improve productivity and the ability to concentrate.

If you’re not waking up feeling rested there are four tips to improve your sleep.

Keep it dark

Darkening shades can help but also turn off or cover anything that may emit light into the room. It also helps to turn down the lights and turn off the TV about a half an hour before you want to go to bed. Your body can calm down easier which makes it easier to fall asleep. Some studies suggest that if you watch TV or spend time on the computer or phone for that half hour before bed, your brain will keep attempting to process what you watched, which will cause it to take much longer to fall asleep.

Use white noise

White noise is a great way to cover up noise going on in the house if that’s something you’re sensitive to. Many people were said to wake up less and felt better rested in the morning. There are free phone apps for this which makes it easy to try without a financial impact.

Open a window

When you go to bed, open a window and bundle up with blankets instead of turning up the heat. You’ll be less likely to wake up and your body will toss and turn less. Additionally, fresh air is easier to breathe than central, recycled air.

Have a schedule

When you go to bed at the same time every night is one of the best ways to sleep better. It keeps your circadian rhythm at a natural pace and helps you fall asleep faster with the associated time. On top of that, if you can or if you like to sleep in, go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier. Many studies have shown that it is linked to better productivity and can give you much more time during the day.

Lifeline Connections is committed to helping you live a better life. We provide services customized to fit your needs and desires for what you want to get out of rehabilitation. If you or a loved one lives in the Vancouver, WA or Portland, OR areas and are in need of residential care, outpatient care or care for mental health conditions please contact us.

Source: https://www.apa.org/topics/sleep/why

 

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