Most of us live such chaotic lives that having healthy sleep habits is often impossible. Whether we have work issues we have to attend to, or something unexpected needs urgent attention, we don’t always get as much sleep as we would like. However, it’s really important to have healthy sleep habits, especially in the long run. Even if you might not immediately feel the effects of missing yet another hour of sleep, tiredness will eventually catch up with you. This will make it difficult to concentrate and be productive. Because we want to help you out, we made today’s guide all about healthy sleep habits.
3 Tips for Healthy Sleep Habits
1. Don’t Force Yourself to Sleep
Sometimes, when we panic about only having a couple of hours of sleep left, we tend to force ourselves to fall asleep. But is it really working? This might sound familiar: you get into bed and close your eyes thinking that if you fall asleep now you will get 5 hours of sleep. Then, it’s 2 hours later and you think that 3 hours should be enough if you would just manage to fall asleep now.
When we focus too much on something and worry about the outcome, our brain doesn’t manage to relax. Thus, you will never fall asleep if you’re stressing about falling asleep. If you really don’t feel tired, there’s no use to just sit in bed and struggle. Instead, try some activities that might make you sleepy, such as reading a book and drinking some hot tea.
2. Don’t Look at the Clock
Sure, we all know that heavenly feeling when you look at the clock thinking it’s time to get up and you realize that you have 2 or 3 more hours of sleep left. However, if you have trouble falling asleep, checking the clock might make matters worse. It’s all related to the stress we mentioned above. If you’re used to always looking at the time, it might become an unhealthy sleep habit. This will prevent you from resting properly. As hard as it might be for you, try to forget about time and allow your brain to relax.
3. Limit Light Exposure
We all know that if we want to rest properly we should turn off the lights. If you really can’t fall asleep in complete darkness, use a small night light at most. In order for your body to get into a sleepy mood, you should limit light exposure some time before you actually go to bed. For instance, 1 hour before the time you would like to fall asleep, turn off the lights in your bedroom. Then, read a book using only a reading light. The practice of reading, especially in the evening, combined with the dim lights will make it easier for you to fall asleep at the desired time.
We hope these 3 healthy sleep habits will be useful to you the next time you find yourself trapped in a chaotic sleep pattern and need some help getting out of it.
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