There has been an a lot of research done and published about the role of sleep in our lives. Because of all this research, we know that sleep has a vital role in memory, fear and even our reaction to stress.
People affects by insomnia are twice as likely to develop depression and anxiety. So it only follows that sleeping well should be a priority in our lives. The effects on our health and happiness is hard to dispute.
Here’s Some Tips to Get a Good Night’s Sleep.
Set a Sleep Schedule and Stick With it
We have a natural system called the Circadian Rhythm. It usually matches the cycle of day and night. Your rhythm is on a 24-hour loop that cycles between sleepiness and wakefulness.
Your Circadian Rhythm works only if you maintain regular sleep habits. Keeping the same bedtime and wake up. Factors like the dreaded Daylight Savings Time and jet lag can disrupt your rhythm. But don’t add to it by staying up late to play that video game or watch that TV show.
See the Light
Overexposure to electrical lighting is linked to insomnia. It can disrupt our Circadian Rhythm by as much as two hours. Researchers and scientists have found a the solution to many people’s sleeping problems. And it’s very simple. Expose yourself to more sunlight.
It turns out that sunlight plays a important role in regulating sleeping patterns. We’ve evolved to be awake when it is light and asleep when it is dark.
Decrease Exposure to Blue Light
Sunlight is a largest source of blue light. Blue light regulates our Circadian Rhythm as the blue light tricks us. Unfortunately, another thing that emits a lot of blue light are computers, televisions and cell phones. We can do ourselves a favor by limiting our screen time whenever possible. If you absolutely have to use your computer after hours, try installing f.lux on your computer. F.lux will adjust your display settings to reduce the amount of blue light your screen emits at night.