With all the technology we could dream of at the tip of our fingers, it's hard to switch off before bed. If you find yourself checking your emails before you fall asleep, you might be damaging your sleep quality. But how do we sleep better? Here's How To Sleep Better If You're A Workaholic.
Ditch The Emails
Nothing will wake up your brain like checking your emails before you sleep. Thinking about what jobs you need to do tomorrow at 9 am is certainly not the relaxing thought you need before snoozing. It's not just the thought of work tomorrow that will wake you up either. All screens emit blue light which is clinically proven to reduce our ability to sleep. It's advised to stop looking at screens half an hour before bed. So put down the phone and pick up a book!
Avoid The Coffee
What goes hand in hand with working? You guessed it, coffee. Caffeine is a great way to improve productivity at work but not so great when you're trying to fall asleep at night. The best way to get your caffeine kick without affecting your sleep is to not drink coffee after lunchtime. This gives your body enough time to break down caffeine reserves and slowly wind down for bedtime.
As humans, we love a routine. Our brains respond well to consistency and this applies to sleep too. Throughout the week try and allow 1 - 2 hours of winding down before bedtime. Whether it's taking the dog for a walk, reading a book or watching a movie. It's important to take the time to completely switch your brain off from the workday. Of course, T.V is a popular way of winding down in the evening. Just make sure to switch it off 30 minutes before bed to stop blue light interfering with your sleep.
Comfort Is Key
If you're already struggling to fall asleep, the last thing you need is an uncomfy bed thrown into the mix. Our sleep environment plays a huge role in how we sleep and updating it when necessary is key. We advise replacing your mattress at most every 8 years. If your mattress feels like it's seen better days, update it as soon as you can. A poor mattress leads to back and neck pain and in some instances, sleep deprivation.