6 Habits To Help You Get Better Sleep Tonight

You've probably heard (and maybe tried) a lot of different ways to get good sleep. Unfortunately, a lot of this advice isn't always helpful.

Getting better sleep requires you to build better sleep habits. Over time, you'll create a solid sleep routine so you can rest easier.

So what can you do right now to make a difference? Here are 6 ways to ACTUALLY sleep better. 

1. Focus on your sleep schedule more than your sleep hours.

You probably know that you should be getting at least 7 hours of sleep each night. But did you know that a consistent sleep schedule is just as important?

Do your best to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. This improves sleep by training your body to know when it's time to go to bed.

2. Get some sunshine during the day.

Just like sleeping in the dark, getting enough sunshine during the day helps your body stick to its natural circadian rhythm.

If you can't get outside during the day because of your work or the weather, try investing in a sun-mimicking lamp to use throughout the day.

3. Limit daytime napping.

Building a sleep routine helps your body recognize when it's time to rest. Taking an unexpected nap disrupts this routine and confuses your body.

If you can't give up napping, try to create a regular schedule of naps rather than irregularly napping. And limit your daytime naps to 30 minutes or less.

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4. Get some exercise.

Exercise helps to relieve stress and exhaust the body physically, so you're more relaxed at the end of the day.

Just try to avoid working out too close to bedtime as it may stimulate your mind rather than calm it down.

5. Resolve anxieties before going to bed.

A restless mind is a sleepless mind, so it's good to try to resolve and remove anxieties before you hit the hay.

Tackle small problems before you go to bed so they aren't weighing on your mind.

If you're dealing with a more long-term issue, journaling about it or meditating before bed can be a way to soothe anxiety and still your mind.

6. Know when to see a doctor.

If you feel like you've tried everything and you still aren't seeing results it might be time to see a professional.

You could be suffering from a sleep disorder like sleep apnea or insomnia that is best treated by a professional.