How To Get A Good Night's Sleep, According To You
By Team Speak
May 11, 2022
For the last decade or so, my phone has been the last thing that I see each night.
Sometimes, a brief glimpse at a social media alert transforms into going down the rabbit hole of #RugTikTok (sooo satisfying to watch!) and before I realize it, 2 hours have gone by.
And with so many distractions keeping us up at night, it's no wonder that many of us struggle to get a good night's sleep these days.
So we asked you, our dear community, to tell us your tips for a good night's sleep.
4 Tips To Get A Good Night's Sleep
#1: Chamomile tea is a popular bedtime drink
Chamomile tea helps people feel sleepy because of its chemical structure. Chamomile tea contains apigenin, a chemical compound that promotes relaxation when it binds to the GABA receptors in the brain. Meanwhile, the soothing, calming aroma of chamomile is thought to help lull us into a restful sleep.
By releasing tension in your muscles and improving your flexibility, stretching can help you fall asleep faster and achieve a deeper sleep. Stretching is also a great way to relax after a long day. This helps to prepare your body for a good night's sleep.
Not sure how? Stick to simple stretches you can even do in bed like these and feel the stress melt away
#3: Reading may not necessarily induce sleep
It's no surprise that reading before bed can sometimes keep us up at night – after all, we're often turning our attention to another activity that requires focus and energy. And it can be hard to put down a gripping novel - that's like turning off the TV in the middle of a fight scene.
But if you're still keen to read before bed, opt for a regular ol' book instead of a tablet and keep the topic light and breezy.
I'm secretly glad I'm not alone here because it's really, really hard to just.put.down.the.phone. Instead, try to adopt healthier engagements with your phone to help you sleep.
Because it's not being on your phone that affects your sleep quality, but the type of content you're consuming.
Some simple steps to try are:
- Turn off notifications that can trigger stress like work emails
- Adjust phone brightness to a warmer hue closer to bedtime
- Keep to social media content that doesn't cause anxiety (soothing ASMR videos anyone?)
- Try a meditation app or listen to an audiobook
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