Sleep is foundational for good health: nearly all of your bodily processes are affected by the amount you get.
Consistently good sleep also be elusive for many. Luckily there are ways to improve your sleep by taking advantage of what we know about nervous system form and function.
If you’re not sleeping well, try these evidence-based tips!
- Keep your bedroom as dark as possible when it is time to go to sleep. This may mean black out curtains, covering or moving electronics and NO TVs on in the bedroom!
- Speaking of electronics, try to avoid all screens at least 1 hour before going to bed. The light from those screens has been shown to negatively effect sleep quality.
- Keep your bedroom cool (research suggests mid-60s Fahrenheit is ideal for most people). A fan to circulate air can also be very helpful.
- Exercise (especially earlier in the day) has been shown to positively effect sleep quality at night. Type of exercise does not seem to matter according to the research so do what feels good to you!
- Sleep support (like most things in life) should not be one-size-fits-all. An integrative approach that is tailored to YOUR specific needs can make an immense difference in your quality of sleep!