Sleep is crucial to our health, yet many of us don’t get enough of it. The good news is you can finally get some rest by making four changes to your sleep routine.

One, make an effort to exercise during the day. Physical activity improves the quality and quantity of your sleep, by resetting your body’s clock, which increases sleepiness at night.

Two, turn off your electronics. Our electronics emit blue light, which interferes with sleep and tricks the brain into thinking it’s daytime. To prevent these negative effects, stop using all of your electronics at least an hour before bedtime.

Three, try to relax. Unwind before bed by listening to calm music, practicing yoga, or reading a book. These relaxation techniques will help to prevent stress and anxiety from keeping you awake.

Four, create an optimal sleep environment. Make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet, and cool. If you have to invest in an eye mask, earplugs, or a floor fan, it’s well worth it. 

Make these four changes to your sleep routine to get a good night’s sleep, every night.

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Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is the Content Development Manager at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She is a co-author of Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book and has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

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