If you feel like you haven’t had a good night’s sleep in weeks, or even months, you’re not alone. Whether you are a student, a new parent or giving it all to your career, we all want to know how to fall asleep faster, sleep better and get the amount of sleep we really need to feel rested. I know I do.
I sought the help of a sleep therapist to help me identify bad bedtime habits and finally snooze with ease. Turns out, sleep hygiene can play a huge part in how well you sleep. With this in mind, if you can’t seem to get enough shut-eye, these common bad sleep habits could be to blame.
You’re spending too much time in bed
The idea is that shortening the amount of time you spend in bed consolidates your sleep, allowing you to sleep deeper. You should only sleep as much as you need to feel rested.
You’re not clocking in enough sleep
You’re napping too much
Your bedroom design is to blame
Too much light can trick your brain into thinking it’s time to wake up, so consider getting dark blinds and keeping electronics out of your bedroom. Turning off alarms and notifications on your phone and shutting the door can help rid your room of noises that might wake you. Turning down the heat before bed can also help improve your sleep.