Not Setting the MoodAll animals use light to determine their sleep schedules. It is a natural instinct that dictates when it’s time to rest and when it’s time to awaken. The best thing you can do to set the mood in your room for sleep is to block out as much light as possible. Even dim light has a negative effect on sleep, according to studies. The mistakes people make are:
- Not using light blocking or blackout curtains
- Having nightlights present in their room
- Having electronics that have lights on them placed in the room
Bad Habits Before BedThe idea of getting ready for bed is to relax your body, declutter your mind and prepare yourself to quickly fall and stay sleeping. Studies show that reading is the best stress reducing activity before bed because it allows your muscles to relax and takes your mind away from the stresses of the day. Other good activities include listening to music, taking a walk and drinking (non-caffeinated) tea. Bad habits include anything associated with screen time (even with blue light filters on). Avoid watching TV, reading from a screen, browsing the internet, playing video games, etc. These all stimulate, not relax, your mind and body and can disrupt your sleep. Also avoid drinking alcohol and caffeinated beverages, talking on the phone and rigorous exercise.
Not Seeking Help for Sleep DisordersThe CDC estimates that 35% of all adults have decreased sleep duration. If you feel like you aren’t getting enough sleep — despite your best efforts to maintain healthy sleep habits — it’s best to get tested to see if you suffer from a sleep disorder. There are two ways to do this:
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