3. Listen to Relaxing Sounds
If you need absolute silence to fall asleep then you don’t have to listen to these sounds during your actual sleep time. You can simply listen to sounds of the ocean or crickets chirping while you’re getting ready for bed. Incorporate these sounds into your nighttime routine of putting your pajamas on and brushing your teeth. It might sound strange but it works! In a LiveScience article, Orfeu Buxton, an associate professor of Biobehavioral Health at Pennsylvania State University, explains exactly why these sounds, particularly ones which include water, are so beneficial: “These slow, whooshing noises are the sounds of non-threats, which is why they work to calm people. It’s like they’re saying: ‘Don’t worry, don’t worry, don’t worry.’”
4. No Bright Screens Before Bed
Checking your Instagram on your cell phone right before bed isn’t the best thing to do when you’re under the covers and about to go to sleep. The glow from the device tells your brain to stay awake instead of promoting healthy relaxation and the natural release of melatonin. We know how tempting it can be to go YouTube crazy but save those puppy videos for earlier in the day. All you should be doing with your cell phone is setting your alarm for the morning.
5. Turn Down Your Thermostat
It’s difficult to fall asleep when your room is too hot. You’ll end up tossing and turning instead of enjoying your eight hours! The Wall Street Journal reports that sleeping at about 65 degrees Fahrenheit is recommended. Dr. Matthew Walker, a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, explains that “people tend to set their ambient house or bedroom temperature a little higher than is actually optimal for sleep. If our core temperature is too high the brain cannot easily make the switch from being awake to being asleep, or create the best quality sleep.” So, turn down that thermostat and wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated!