These tips can help you get better sleep so you can enjoy this season as much as possible.
- If you’re having trouble sleeping, try going to bed earlier than normal. If your internal clock goes off at 10 p.m., but you want to go to sleep at midnight, your body will be confused and won’t know what time it is — which means you’ll struggle to get any shut-eye. Going to bed at the same time every night will help you stay on track with your everyday schedule.
- Make sure your room is completely dark once the sun goes down for the evening. Blackout shades or curtains are great for blocking out any light from coming in through windows, which can disrupt sleep patterns and cause insomnia. Use curtains, blinds or even a blanket to keep out as much light as possible. If you’re worried about bright lights shining in at night through your windows, either invest in heavy curtains that can shut out more light or consider painting the interior of your windows a darker color so they absorb more light.
- While sleeping under a thick comforter may be comfortable during the spring and summer months, it can actually be too much cover in the winter. Instead of using layers upon layers of blankets and comforters, try keeping your sheet set thin.
- Adjust your nighttime routine – This might mean something as simple as not watching TV right before bedtime anymore. Instead of watching television in the evening, sit down with a good book that helps you relax.
- Take a hot shower – The warm water will make you feel relaxed and drowsy quickly, but it also has another benefit: it helps clear up your nasal passages so you can breath easier at night.