I’m sure you’re tired of hearing that we need more sleep, but it’s still a massive problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around one-third of all adults in the US are just not sleeping enough (https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/index.html). It’s a serious problem with potentially dire consequences. Not sleeping enough has been linked with the development of many chronic conditions such as depression, type 2 diabetes, obesity and heart disease. A lack of sleep can cause car accidents and work accidents because it impairs motor function and focus. All around, it’s just bad news. Sleeping enough is not a luxury; it’s what we need to do for our health and the safety of those around us.
You probably already know to limit screen time before bed, create a bedtime routine and all of those other popular tips. What I’m about to share with you are some lesser-known ways that people use to get their elusive seven to nine hours each night.
Challenge yourself to stay up
This may sound odd, but challenging yourself to stay up can trick your brain into falling asleep; it’s known as the sleep paradox. Try laying in your bed with your eyes open, and repeat the phrase “I will not sleep.” Your brain does not process negative commands that well, and it often will take this as a direction to sleep.
Go a little colder
While a cozy, warm room may seem perfect for sleep, many people sleep easier in a colder room. Of course, you don’t want Iceland in your room as that’s not great for your body, either. Aim for a temperature of 60 to 68 degrees F in your bedroom when it’s time to sleep.
Hide that clock
You’re not doing yourself any favors as you stare at the clock, watching the time pass while you struggle to sleep. Constantly checking will just boost your stress and make it more difficult to fall asleep. Cover any clocks up or remove them from your bedroom.
Change your position
Everyone has that favorite sleeping position that they often put themselves in. But sometimes, you need to change it up. Try different sleeping positions to find the one that is the most comfortable for you, and keep in mind that this may not be the same position each night.
Sleep is necessary for your health and mood, so you need to do whatever you can to get your full share each and every night!