WONGCW can help you kickstart your online content. But did you know that there are also ways to kickstart your sleep quality? You don’t even need medication! If you’re losing out on sleep, you’re also losing out on some serious health benefits. You could even be taking years off of your life — not to mention that you need sleep in order for your business to thrive! To improve yours, try one of these hacks.
Dress for the Sleep You Want
You’ve heard the saying “dress for the job you want,” right? It turns out that you should also dress for the quality of sleep you desire. Wearing soft, comfortable pajamas to bed can help your body unwind and prepare for a restful night of sleep. But you don’t want to end up tossing and turning after spending a fortune, so do some research to find budget-friendly options.
One more weird wardrobe trick for drifting off to dreamland faster: Put on a pair of socks. Wearing socks to bed can trigger vasodilation, a process in which the blood vessels in your hands and feet dilate, and your brain gets the signal that it’s time for sleep.
Set a Clear Stopping Point for Work
Do you stay up late at night working on SEO and other projects for your business or work? If so, you should know that there are tools that can help you finish these tasks in less time. You should also know that working too late can interfere with your sleep.
While your screens can help you take care of tasks during the day, experts at Harvard warn that they also have a darker side when you use them at night. Remember how pajamas and socks send sleep signals to your brain? Well, the blue light from screens does the opposite. For maximum benefits, you should shut off your screens one hour before bedtime. Sooner is always better, but be sure to put a stop to all work projects at a specified time each night. Fill the remaining hours with more relaxing habits, like taking a warm bath, for even better sleep.
Turn Your Bedroom Into a Cave
You may not be a caveman, but studies show that you may still prefer to sleep like one. When asked about the perfect environment for restful sleep, experts agree that you should try to think of your bedroom as a cave. Think dark, cool, quiet, and free from clutter. You can use room darkening curtains to block out light and sound and then lower the thermostat before bed.
Just don’t settle for sleeping on a mattress that feels like a rock. Your bed should be supportive, but it should also be comfortable enough to soothe you to sleep and keep you there all night. Shop around and try a few, so you can find the right fit, then top it off with soft, cozy bedding.
Not So Fast With That Nightcap
You’ve got your new pajamas on, your screens are turned off, and your bedroom is all set for the best sleep of your life. To celebrate and help yourself relax, you may be thinking of pouring yourself a glass of wine. If you really want to get good sleep, though, you should think twice!
While having a glass of wine or a cocktail at night may help you feel more relaxed, research shows that consuming alcohol before bed can actually have negative impacts on your sleep quality. True, you may fall asleep faster, but you are also likely to wake during the night. It’s why alcoholic beverages top the list of things you should avoid eating or drinking before bedtime.
There are so many ways to improve your life and streamline your online content! But losing sleep is definitely not one of them. Whether you like it or not, you need quality sleep in your routine. If you haven’t been getting the rest you need to thrive, try using one or all of the hacks above to improve your routine and enhance your sleep quality.
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