Why Can't I Get Quality Sleep?

These days it's harder than ever to get a good night's sleep. Whether it's getting to sleep, staying asleep, or waking up refreshed and ready to face the day, everyone seems to have an issue with at least one aspect of sleep. Let's take a look at what might be causing your sleep problems and how to fix it. Hopefully you’ll be back on track to get your best rest every night.

Bad Sleep Habits

Many people get ready for bed, hop in, turn off the light, and pick up their smartphone. After you've scrolled through all your social media, played a few games, and read about 10 different articles, you could realize that three hours have passed and you're still wide awake. Numerous studies note that the blue light your phone emits wreaks havoc on sleep. Ideally, you shouldn't have your phone in your bedroom at all, but using a blue light filter, either physical or downloadable, can calm things down. If you like to read before going to sleep, consider getting an e-reader with adjustable brightness or read physical books.

Your Sleep Environment Sucks

If your bedroom's not comfortable, you won't be either. Look for signs that your mattress needs replacing, especially if it's been some time since you bought it. Temperature plays a big factor in sleep quality, so adjust your thermostat accordingly. Lots of people like to sleep with white noise in the background. Try using a fan, it will provide the white noise and cool you off. Even something as simple as getting a new pillow or comforter can go a long way towards improving your sleep.

Your Bedroom Isn't Just for Sleeping

Many of us use our beds as little social islands. We watch TV there; we snack there, and we hang out with our families there. If you're having sleep problems, you may want to rethink that. Insomnia experts believe that teaching yourself that your bed is strictly for sleeping helps greatly improve sleep quality. If you've made your bedroom and bed comfortable, inviting, and activity-free, you should start noticing yourself sleeping longer and better. Your mind will be able to quiet down faster when you associate your bed and bedroom with sleep.

Quality sleep is essential for overall health, both mental and physical. It may take some time to develop good habits and routines, but with a little attention and patience, a good night's sleep is within your reach.

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