Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
If you want to wake up—really wake up, that is, to your very best experience of life physically, emotionally, and spiritually, you first need a good night’s sleep.
Plagued by frequent insomnia? If so, you’ve got a lot of company. This condition affects millions of people. One culprit may be the blue light that electronic devices like cell phones, TVs, and computers emanate. According to Harvard Medical School, while this kind of lighting boosts our attention and energy levels during the day, they reduce our brain’s production of melatonin, a key neurochemical that helps us get a good night’s sleep.
For better sleep, consider cutting off all such electronic devices at least an hour before you go to bed and doing soothing activities like gentle yoga or reading a book.
Other tips for good sleep hygiene include the following:
- Maintain a regular sleep schedule in which you go to bed and get up at generally the same times, even on weekends.
- Block out as much light and noise in your bedroom when turning in for the night.
- Use your bed only for sleep and sex.
- If you haven’t fallen asleep within 20 minutes or so, get out of bed and do relaxing things like meditative coloring while listening to soft music until you feel sleepy.
- Don’t look at the time as that tends to produce more sleep-prohibiting anxiety.