10 Hacks to Help You Get Better Sleep
Your complete guide to getting the best sleep ever, so you can wake up feeling energetic and refreshed — every day.
Monitors give off blue light that keeps your brain from producing melatonin — the potent antioxidant that helps you to sleep. Throughout the day, we’re constantly overstimulated by our computers, social networks, cell phones and TVs. That’s exactly why it’s important to clear out all electronics from your bedroom. At first, I thought having a TV in my bedroom would be relaxing (I love watching my shows with my hubby), but the opposite turned out to be true. Instead of being tired and ready for bed for bed, I ended up feeling more awake and stimulated.
Since bedrooms should really only be a place for sleeping, I decided to make it my own personal gadget-free oasis. I moved my TV, phone and laptop into the office, so I wouldn’t be tempted to watch TV or check my email before bed. I also decided to follow a tech curfew, giving myself an hour before bed that I use to unwind without electronics. Instead, I used that time to relax, take a bath, read, and write in my gratitude journal.
If you really can’t rip yourself away from your screens, make sure to find the night mode setting on your device that removes the blue light in the evenings (here it is for Windows, Android, iPhone, and Mac) or getting blue light filtering glasses if you’re watching TV.
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Because you shouldn’t be. In fact, you should embrace it. My second step in creating a peaceful sanctuary was to ensure that my room was pitch black. Light actually tells your brain, “Hey, you should probably be awake!” The darker your room, the better your sleep.
Most hotel rooms have blackout curtains, but if your bedroom at home doesn’t it’s a good idea to invest in some heavy curtains to block out external street light. Even the glow of your iPad, smartphone and other electronics can keep you up, but that shouldn’t be a problem if you’ve already eliminated them from your room.
As a backup, I always keep an eye mask on-hand. They’re great at home, when traveling, on airplanes, etc.