Right now we’re talking about the most important thing you do in bed: sleep! So, how can you get enough sleep to help you manage stress, enhance your emotional and physical health, boost your immune system, and increase your energy? Follow these steps:
Use your bed for its intended activities (sleeping and intimate encounters).
- Keep regular waking and bedtime hours as much as possible. This takes self-discipline but the rewards are worth it.
- Don’t eat, work, watch TV, or study in bed.Associating your bed with other activities can making sleeping more difficult.
- Sleep in a dark, quiet room without screens and/or monitor lights aglow.Use a sleep mask and/or ear plugs if you have roommates or live in a noisy environment.It may feel weird at first but you’ll likely adapt.
- Be the boss of your phone. Use the “do not disturb” function and set it for the hours when you usually sleep (e.g. 11pm-7am). This way, you won’t get texts or calls that (really!) can wait ‘til tomorrow.If you have FOMO, never fear: if someone calls you twice, it WILL ring through.
Out of Bed
- Stay physically active - you’ll sleep better if your body moves daily.
- Avoid late-day caffeine & nicotine as these stimulants work against falling and staying asleep.
Keep naps short (30 minutes or less). Ironically, lengthy naps can leave you feeling lethargic and disrupt your sleep routine.