In honor of World Sleep Day being right around the corner, let’s talk about the importance of rest. There’s nothing better than waking up from a great night’s sleep. Sleep provides us with the energy we need throughout the day. When we aren’t sleeping well, it can have negative effects on our lives.
When we get busy, it’s easy to put sleeping on the backburner. So, what if you only get a few hours of sleep? That’s what coffee is for, right? Wrong. It may take a while for you to see them, but sleeping poorly can have long-term negative effects.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average American is overtired 3 days a week. The study shows that with frequent poor sleep, people are more likely to experience irritability, headaches, and a general feeling of being unwell. In the words of the World Sleep Society, “quality sleep, sound mine, happy world,” is a phrase to live by. Let’s look at tips for a better night’s sleep to get you rested.
Create a Bedtime Routine
To start, one of the best things you can do to improve your sleep is to create a bedtime routine or ritual. The CDC recommends going to bed at the same time every night, as well as waking up at the same time even on weekends. So, when you decide on a bedtime, try to stick with it as part of your routine.
Your routine can be anything you’d like, as long as it prepares you for rest. Meditation and yoga are great ways to create a routine that will help you let go of the day and relax. Drinking tea and reading are also great rituals to incorporate. It’s important to leave electronics out of the equation due to blue light.
It’s easy to hop into bed and scroll through social media until you doze off, or leave Netflix running. What you may not realize is the blue light emitting from these devices is going to affect your sleep. Blue light is a component of visible light that our eyes have trouble filtering.
Since we get most of our blue light exposure directly from the sun, using electronics before bed can trick your brain into thinking it’s daytime. Thus, resulting in trouble sleeping. Putting the electronics down a few hours before bed will help your body realize it’s time to rest.
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The bottom line is that sleep is important even when it’s not World Sleep Day. Creating a bedtime routine will help your body realize it’s time to rest. Put down your phone, turn the TV off, and add Viteyes® Blue Light Defender supplements for better sleep today!