Whether you are in Mississauga, Milton, Etobicoke, or anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area and looking for a better night’s sleep then you have come to the right place. Being well rested leads to a more productive day, a healthy mind, and body. This is especially important during these unprecedented times where majority of us are working from home.
Everyone is busy. Whether it is because you have a busy work schedule or children to look after, getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult. Here are some ways you can help yourself get to bed earlier and better achieve a good night’s sleep:
- Put the phone away 1 hour before bed, in fact, put it in a hard to reach spot
It is very important to put your phone away at least one hour before going to bed. Phones emit something called blue light which the brain sees as a daylight. Thus, blue light lowers your melatonin (something which increases when it is time to sleep!).
- Relaxing bedtime routine
Try to create a routine when going to bed as it will allow your brain to better process that it is bedtime. Perhaps dimming the lights, putting your phone away, maybe reading a book, etc. Anything to soothe and calm you. What I like to do is put my phone on automatic bedtime mode, slip into my PJs, and watch an episode of a tv show that I’m following. Usually by the end of the episode I am sound asleep!
- Exercise frequently
Ok you may say this is a bit tough with the COVID restrictions put into place, the closing of gyms, etc. Yes, you are right, it makes it a bit tougher. However, there are several exercises which you can do during the quarantine. Do some aerobic exercises! Simply walking, running, or jumping rope will help release endorphins. Releasing endorphins is one of the keys to a better sleep!
- Don’t consume caffeine late in the day
Caffeine is great! I love caffeine! Who doesn’t love caffeine right? It can help you wake up, focus, give you a boost of energy, and so forth. However, it is a no-go when trying to go to sleep. Caffeine stimulates your nervous system and may prevent your body from naturally going into bed mode. It is important to note that caffeine can stay elevated in your blood system for approximately 6-8 hours and thus should be avoided after 2pm. Hey if you’re like me and have late afternoon coffee cravings, just have a decaf!