The quality of your sleep can affect your quality of life, from your concentration at work to your mood. Insomnia can lead to muscle aches, exhaustion, irritability, and even fibromyalgia and other health concerns. Whether you sleep for many hours and it’s fitful, or you have difficulty falling asleep, there are natural ways to help. May is Better Sleep Month. In honor of the quieter way you spend half your time, here are some ideas to ensure you wake up refreshed each morning.
Train your brain for bedtime. It helps to create a sleep routine and then follow it each night. This will provide your body with wind-down time, and alert your brain that it’s time to switch gears. Studies have shown that decreased lighting can lead to tiredness. The University of Massachusetts recently performed a study with 600 adults that revealed how limited lighting can lead to sluggishness. This is also why SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) affects so many people in the fall and winter when the days get shorter, resulting in people having low energy levels. Use this to your advantage for better sleep—at least half an hour before you plan on sleeping, turn off lights, and dim the ones you leave on.