Taking place each year on March 18, World Sleep Day is an event celebrated around the world, trying to increase awareness of sleep problems. On this occasion, here are some ways you can improve your sleep quality by following some simple tips and tricks.
First of all, you need to determine if you’re getting enough sleep – or if you’re sleeping too much. According to a recent study, sleeping less than six hours a night is almost as bad as not getting any sleep at all.
People need different amounts of sleep, and if you don’t know how many hours you need each night, check out the National Sleep Foundation sleep time chart.
Then, make sure the room you sleep in is dark enough. Researchers found that sleep quality is profoundly impacted by light pollution, so make sure your bedroom windows are protected from light from street lamps. Use a sleeping mask if needed.
Don’t browse Instagram or Twitter while you wait for sleep to come. Many studies have found a connection between the blue light emitted by devices and sleep deprivation. If you really can’t sleep, read a book instead.
Meanwhile, food plays a significant role in your sleep quality. Following a diet with less fiber and more saturated fat and sugars might lead to disrupted sleep.
On the other hand, people who eat a high fiber-rich diet report a deeper, slow wave sleep. Sometimes, when you can determine the root of your sleep problems, the answer is probably on your plate.
Don’t nap throughout the day; anything longer than 20 minutes – the famous power nap – can send your brain into deep sleep, which can later mess up your natural sleep patterns and cause insomnia.
Make a habit out of being active, as exercise can be a great way of getting your body ready to sleep without problems. But make sure you don’t exercise too late in the day because stimulating your central nervous system could result in difficultness in falling asleep.
And what’s a better way to exercise than engaging in sexual activity? Pretty much everything that happens in your body and brain is beneficial for your, priming you to be as ready as ever to go to sleep.
Last but not least, researchers encourage you to allow your pet to sleep in the same room as you. People with sleeping problems were found to have a better night sleep because of the feeling of companionship and comfort that a pet can give.
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