How to sleep better
You can help protect your sleep—and all the benefits that come with it— by maintaining a great sleep routine, no matter what else is going on in the world. Here are some tips that can help:
- Get your move on. Your gym might not be open right now, but you can still—and should—move your body. Go for a walk or a jog, follow along with an online class, put on some music for a home dance party—anything that gets you moving is a good thing.
- Look for the light. Natural light exposure is a crucial part of maintaining your circadian rhythm (the biological sleep-wake cycle we go through each day). Even if you are inside more than usual right now, plant yourself by the window or venture outside (safely) during the day.
- Banish the blues. We’re more tethered to our electronic devices than ever before, but they emit a kind of blue light that stimulates us. By limiting exposure to screens—and making sure the blue-light filter is one—as the day winds down, you can help your body prepare to rest.
- Decaffeinate. For many of us, a hot cup o’ joe is just the thing to start the day off right, especially now, but that caffeine boost goes from wonderful to woeful the later you have it during the day. Limit caffeine in all forms—coffee, soda, and chocolate—as bedtime approaches.
- Build your bedtime. The comfort of a predictable, repeated bedtime routine can ease you into a better night’s sleep. Make sure your sleep environment is comfortable, a little cool, dark, and quiet.