In need or more—and better—sleep? These tips will get you there.
Knocking out and waking up on a schedule—even on weekends—will train your body to follow a regular sleep-wake cycle.
The blue light from phones, tablets and the television signal to your body to stay awake. Avoid using them for an hour before bed.
Not interested in forgoing your phone? The iPhone now has a “Night Shift” function that shades the screen in warm tones that won’t disrupt your sleep cycle, and Androids have “Night Mode.” Use the Twilight and F.lux apps on other phones and on your computer for the same impact.
Turn your phone facedown and turn around your clock. Looking at the time during the night will make you count down how much time you have left to sleep—and keep you awake.
Turn on some Solange while you twist your hair and read a few pages before you switch out the light—following a bedtime routine will signal your body that it’s time to lay it down.
Black out curtains are your best friend for optimal sleep. Alternately, try a comfortable sleep mask that blocks out random lights in the room and the sun’s rays.
Just like a kid who spent the day running around will pass out at the end of the day, a grown woman who makes time for exercise will fall asleep more easily, too.
You’ll sleep better if your room is on the cold side. Experts say 60 to 67 degrees is optimal, but make sure you’re comfortable.
If your mattress is more than seven years old—or just straight up uncomfortable or too small—it’s time to get a new one. And pillows should be replaced annually.
Your bedroom should be for sleep and sex. Keep everything else out of your sanctuary.
Skip coffee, tea and soda after lunchtime to prevent being wired at bedtime.
Does anxiety keep you awake? Keep a journal beside your bed to write down the things that are bothering you. It will stop them from running through your head.
Studies show that having warm hands and feet will help you fall asleep more quickly.
It’s fine, and even refreshing, to nap. But keep them to 30 minutes long to avoid jacking up your nighttime sleep.
Whether that means praying or meditating or repeating a mantra, connecting with something bigger than yourself will help your mind quiet down and let sleep in.
Download the White Noise app to generate low-level noise that will not only soothe you to sleep with the sounds of a whirring fan or a summer rain, but block out extraneous sounds.
Breathing in the scent of lavender is linked to falling asleep more easily and sleeping more deeply.
Nicotine is a stimulant. Even an occasional cigarette can keep you up.
The magnesium in the green stuff—and pumpkin seeds and avocado—will help you sleep more soundly.
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