As we get older, it can get more difficult to do things we once found easy. An often-overlooked example of this is sleep. When joints are achy and life puts a lot on our plates, it can be hard to lay down for a good nights’ sleep. Today, we’re going over a few easy tips to follow to get a better night of sleep.
Sleeping Better at Night
One great step to take is to try to get in exercise during the day. Some light workout, like walking or a bit of weight-lifting, can help to burn off extra energy. We recommend taking at least half an hour per day to get a bit of light exercise in. Not to mention, exercise is great for your body and can help you feel better all-around. If you often feel restless at night and can’t settle in for a good sleep, try getting a good workout in during the day.
Try to steer clear of caffeine after around midday. Caffeine can stay in your system for hours, making you feel jittery, restless and wakeful. When you’re trying to sleep, these are the last things you need! Sugary sodas and late-day coffees are worth avoiding, if only to keep yourself from feeling too awake when it’s time for bed. Instead of drinking caffeine-filled soda, opt for something like seltzer water or mineral water so you don’t get yourself too amped up!
Cut the lights out! When you’re trying to catch some sleep, cut off the lights in your house. That goes for the TV and your phone, too. The blue light from your phone, computer monitor or TV screen can fool your brain into thinking it’s daytime. This, in turn, will keep you awake for longer, making it harder to get into “sleep mode”. You can enable “night shift” mode on some phones, which will cut off the blue light from your phone, allowing you to be exposed to less of the eye-strain inducing light.