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Healthy Bedtime Habits

January 1

When it comes to getting a good night’s rest, behavior before bed influences how we fall and stay asleep.  You may already know to reduce your caffeine and sugar intake before bed, but you may be forgetting an important factor which is technology.  If your phone, computer, and TV play a huge role in your life, you may find yourself glued to technology before bedtime.  The blue light emitted by these devices affects the body by suppressing the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep cycle. Reducing melatonin makes it harder to fall and stay asleep.  The practice of healthy habits before bed-time has lasting benefits, so here are some tips to implement into your routine:

  • Stop using technology 30 minutes before bed;
  • Keep your bedroom quiet, dark, and cool;
  • Try stretching and meditation;
  • Read a book; or
  • Write down to-do’s for the next day to ease your mind before bed.