5 ways to get your best sleep

You might not have heard, but March is Sleep Awareness Month. Even though you might wonder what sleep awareness is or why it’s important, sleep-related problems affect 50 to 70 million Americans of all ages and socioeconomic classes. If you’re one of the millions out there who is experiencing restless sleep, here are some helpful tips for getting your best sleep yet.

1. Exercise daily

Research conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that individuals who partake in regular, vigorous exercise get the best sleep. The good news is that it won’t take a lifestyle overhaul, as adding even just a few minutes of physical activity to your day can make a difference in your rest.

2. Keep your room as dark as possible

Believe it or not, even a dim glow from an alarm clock can disrupt your sleep. While it might be almost impossible to seal up all the light sources in your bedroom, you can always try using a comfy eye-mask.

3. Power down

Experts recommend turning the lights down and powering off devices such as smartphones, laptops and TVs about 60 minutes before bedtime. Bright lights signal to our brains that it’s time to be awake and alert, so turning off devices early on in the evening will prepare your brain for sleep.

4. Eliminate alcohol before bed

Even though a nightcap or two might make it easier to fall asleep, you’re more likely to toss and turn when your buzz wears off later in the night.

5. Stop stressing about sleep

While ignoring your lack of sleep certainly isn’t healthy, stressing out about not getting adequate time in bed can be just as damaging. The more anxious you get about getting enough sleep, the more difficult it will be to actually get any.