If you’ve ever found yourself lying in bed at night watching the ceiling instead of sleeping, you’re not alone. Odds are a middle-of-the-night check on Facebook (more on that in a minute) will reveal at least a handful of other folks out there waiting for the Sandman to finally pay them a visit. What is it that makes a good night’s sleep so difficult to achieve for some people, and is there anything you can do to help yourself fall asleep? We’ve got some tips that should help you out.
Put the phone down
Staring at your phone (or laptop, or tablet) just before bed may be one of the most common practices in today’s hyper-connected world. Email, social media, online games, news, sports, videos, texting – not to mention the very glow from the electronic screen itself - they all stimulate your brain. That’s probably fine during the daytime hours but it’s really the last thing you want to do right before you finally turn out the lights for the day. Try to avoid any type of electronic activity at least an hour before your chosen bedtime.
Get some exercise every day
The more intense the better, but anything is better than nothing. But again, exercising later at night may have you too pumped up to fall asleep quickly.
Establish a sleep schedule and bedtime routine
Training your body by going to bed and waking up at the same times helps to let it know when it’s time get moving and when it’s time to knock off. At night it could be something as simple as a quick, quiet session of stretching or meditation.
These are just a few ideas that can help you fall asleep faster and, in turn, feel more energized the following day. If you’re still having problems falling asleep, stop by your local AppleCare clinic and speak with one of our healthcare providers about what else you can do to get a good night’s rest.