How to Get a Better Night's Sleep

December 6, 2017

One thing that is vastly underrated is getting a good night’s sleep. This does not mean sleeping until 3pm(been there, felt more tired after), and it certainly doesn't mean sleeping for only 3 hours(did that, I felt good for a couple hours and then crashed hard later). So, what qualifies as a good night’s sleep? Let’s break it down.

 

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Get 7-9 hours

Not 6 and not 10. Depending to your age, 7-9 hours of sleep is the typical recommendation. Getting more sleep can help to sooth pain, protect you from sickness, make you look happier and healthier, and it is simply good for your body overall.

 

Have a bedtime routine

Go to sleep and wake up at around the same time every day. This is why I love my Fitbit! It alerts me when it’s almost time to go to bed, and it of course sends a silent alarm to wake me up in the morning. After using a routine for a long time, it’ll start to feel normal to your body.

 

Keep your bedroom cool, but not too cool

Keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature. I like my room to be a bit cooler, rather than hot. Waking up in a sweat is just gross and yucky to me.

 

Stay away from devices

This one is hard for me because I usually like to read on my phone before I go to sleep. However, using the TV, a tablet, or your phone can be harmful for your sleep schedule. Also, I read somewhere that digital devices keep your brain active, making it harder for you to fall asleep.

 

Make sure your room is dark

When I was younger, I couldn’t sleep without having 5 nightlights on, but now I can’t fall asleep unless the room is completely dark. Having the room totally dark prepares your brain to fall asleep.

 

 

I’m Alix Maza, a 24-year-old writer and blogger. I’m also a college student at West Texas A&M University majoring in PR/advertising and possibly minoring in marketing. I’m also an avid reader, coffee addict, and dog lover.  ​

 

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