Don’t work in bed, or even in the bedroom. Turning the sheets and pillows into a makeshift desk makes it harder to see the bed as a place for rest. And definitely put away the laptop, phone, and any other technological devices well before bedtime. The artificial light coming out of these gadgets can mess up the body’s natural sleep cycles.
Go to sleep at a reasonable hour. (And make it a habit.) Especially when we’re overwhelmed with work, it can seem tempting to stay up all night putting the final touches on a project. But pulling an all-nighter can make it much harder to focus the next day. And consistently staying up ’til sunrise may impair learning abilities and contribute to higher anxiety levels. (Now that’s something to get stressed about.) Stick to a regular bedtime and things may look better in the morning.
Wind down. It’s important to take some time to unwind between shutting the computer screen and crawling under the covers. Try taking a warm shower or sipping some herbal tea. If nagging worries are keeping you awake, write them down in a journal. Or mellow out as you’re drifting off with some Enya or classical tunes.
Take a power nap. If the stress monster kept you from getting a solid night’s rest last night, try dozing off during the day. Ten to 20 minutes should be enough to wake up feeling refreshed and more alert. Just make sure to keep naps to the afternoon, so you’ll still be able to sleep soundly at night.
Are you guilty of these sleepytime sins? Share your bad habits (and favorite tips on overcoming them) in the comments below!
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