2 Simple Tips For A Good Night’s Sleep, Every Night

napWhether you’re a night owl, an early bird, or somewhere in between, there are plenty of additional health benefits waiting for you if you follow a consistent routine.

Check out two relaxing ways you can indulge in better sleeping habits that allow you to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed every day of the week:

Shut It Down

Even if you’re a late-night sleeper, don’t let your creative ideas keep you up too late– make it a point to designate a time every night to put your work away. As Kelly Glazer Baron, director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, says, the more creative you are, the easier it becomes to get into a rhythm with what you’re doing and you end up not wanting to stop even when the wee hours of the night are continuing to pass.

“The time we fall asleep is somewhat behaviorally determined but also biologically determined,” Baron explained. For most people that deal with insomnia, it is just not within their biological makeup to be able to go to bed at 9 p.m. and wake up at 5 a.m. the next day.  For example, if that’s 1 a.m., she says, you should be finished working by midnight so you can allow your body proper transition time– and at 11 p.m., make sure to dim the lights.

Catnap In The Afternoon

Because most night owls are unable to fit in the suggested seven to nine hours of sleep each night, they can experience the most benefits from quick snoozes during the afternoon. Studies have even found that napping can help improve your creativity and raise your productivity levels, even after a crazy-busy day. Also, perhaps getting some opaque curtains or blackout shades will provide you with the best way to block outside light, which will undoubtedly allow you to fall asleep more quickly.

“I think naps are a really great way to deal with sleep deprivation for people who don’t have insomnia or other sleep problems,” Baron suggests. “A 30-minute nap can be quite restorative midday.”

Always remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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