By Erin Covey, Mercy Fitness Personal Trainer
Sleep is one of the most important things your body needs. A lack of good sleep can be a reason why you aren’t losing weight, get sick easily, or feel stressed. Check out some of the easiest ways you can achieve better sleep tonight.
Your phone, TV, and computer screens emit a blue light that the human brain interprets as daylight. It then suppresses the production of melatonin, the “sleep hormone.” Use an app on your phone or computer that makes the light appear orange. (Apple devices have this already installed — you just have to turn it on.) Or, simply put away your phone, computer, or TV at least an hour before you go to bed so your brain has time to realize it’s bedtime.
Home thermostats are usually set somewhere in the mid-70’s. At bedtime, though, the human body likes cooler temperatures to achieve truly restorative sleep. The ideal temperature range is 65-72 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything above or below can cause some difficulty falling asleep.
Dim the Lights
Street lights or car lights can pour into bedroom windows, disrupting your efforts to fall asleep. Get blackout drapes for your room. Also, get rid of any other artificial light sources in your room, such as the little red light on your TV. A piece of tape could be an easy remedy.
The most important better sleep tip…get moving! Just 30 minutes of exercise a day can improve your ability to fall asleep and recharge every night. Come see us today. You’ll be glad you did when you wake up tomorrow refreshed and energetic!
For more tips on how to get better sleep and improve your recovery efforts, check out this infographic from EXOS, the world’s leader in human performance.