We all know the feeling — you’re trying to get to sleep, but you just can’t. Your pillow is uncomfortable, there’s too much light coming in, or you’ve stayed up the last couple of nights and are having a hard time getting back on a regular sleep schedule. The Berry Farms Blog is featuring four tips and tricks to help you get a good night’s sleep this month.
Make Your Bedroom Comfortable
Small adjustments to your bedroom can make falling asleep (and staying asleep) much, much easier. If light creeping in through the blinds wakes you up too early, use blackout curtains. If you have trouble waking up in the morning because your room is too dark, use sheer or light curtains instead. Adjust the temperature of your apartment to be delightfully cool. Limit your exposure to blue light (laptops, televisions, etc) by unplugging and keeping your phone away from your bed.
You’ve got to eat well to sleep well. Avoid drinking alcohol or taking caffeine before bed — both can disrupt your sleep and make falling and staying asleep more difficult. The Mayo Clinic writes, “Don’t go to bed hungry or stuffed. In particular, avoid heavy or large meals within a couple hours of bedtime. Your discomfort might keep you up.” You can find more sleeping advice from the Mayo Clinic here.
Stop Watching the Clock
Harvard Medical School’s blog, Healthy Sleep, advises readers to keep their alarm clocks far away from them. Turn your alarm clock so it isn’t facing you, and keep your phone at the other end of the room. This will force you to get up and turn off your ringing alarm in the morning, making getting up mandatory. Also, watching the clock as you’re struggling to fall asleep can make you feel stressed, making it even harder to fall asleep.
Pick the Right Pillow
Discomfort can keep you up, as well. Apartment Therapy writes, “Your sleep position (back, side, stomach) plays a huge role in your quality of sleep, particularly if you’re using the wrong pillow for said position.” They go through the best-rated pillows and which pillow you should pick if you’re a back, side, or stomach sleeper.
Do you have any tips for us? Let us know in the comments. Thanks for reading our blog and have a great month here in North Andover, MA!
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