Posted by Alyssa on January 18, 2017
For some reason, I have a harder time sleeping during the winter. The sun goes down early and I start feeling ready for bed by 7:00, but then when it’s actually time to sleep I toss and turn. I’ve asked around for advice on how to sleep better, and there are a couple of suggestions that make it onto everyone’s list.
- Create a schedule and stick to it! Going to sleep and waking up at the same time each day helps your body’s sleep-wake cycle kick into gear.
- Limit use of electronic devices right before bed. Apparently screen time can interfere with your sleep.
- Be more active during the day. Working out in the morning will make you more tired and ready to sleep come nighttime.
- Don’t nap during the day. This one, I’ll admit, is a hard one for me to follow. I love a good snooze on the couch during the afternoon.
- Get comfortable! If your room temperature, lighting, pillow, and mattress are comfortable, bedtime will be the best part of your day.
I’ve made it a goal this year to go to be in bed at the same time each night and to read from a book instead of my phone before I go to sleep. Crossing my fingers that it’ll help. If you have any other suggestions of how to sleep better, let me know. My daughter is finally sleeping through the night and I want to too!