7 Days Healthy Sleep Habits Routine You Should Try In 2023

Why sleep does a body good
Start a sleep journal to track your sleep habits. You can use a notebook or opt for a sleep app or fitness tracker. Regardless of the method you choose, make sure to include when you go to bed and when you wake up. You can add anything else you’d like to track, like how long it takes you to fall asleep, how often you wake up during the night, and how you feel when you wake up. As you continue through the challenge, your journal can help you keep track of what works best for you.


Get more light during the day
If you’re trying to wake up earlier, open your curtains and expose yourself to light when you first wake up and throughout the day. Avoiding blue lights at night can help speed up the rhythm to help you get to sleep earlier. If you’re trying to sleep in, avoid light in the morning with blackout curtains. Getting more light at night, like through an after dinner walk, can help push your bedtime back.


Start a worries journal
Make a list of the tasks you need to do tomorrow and all the things you’re currently worried about. You can even put it with your sleep log or start a bullet journal, which you can use to organize all parts of your life. If it’s useful, ask yourself some questions, such as “How much will this worry matter tomorrow?” Gaining perspective is one way to deflate anxiety.


Is counting sheep not cutting it?
If your brain is consumed with thoughts of work deadlines or other stresses, start with a breathing exercise. This can help clear your mind plus slow your breathing and heart rate down. If you’re still restless after 20 minutes, get out of bed and read a book (preferably one that isn’t on a screen). After 30 minutes of reading, go back to bed and try again.


Turn your bedroom into a dark cave
Be a sleep detective and look for any light that comes into your room. Look for phone chargers with lights, night lights, and electronic devices. If it lights up, get rid of it. If light still peeks through your bedroom windows, consider investing in blackout curtains or a sleep mask. If sounds are an issue, look into white noise machines or other noise blockers.


Do a temperature check
If your body is sensitive to the cold, create heat through warm pajamas and blankets or by taking a hot shower or bath before you sleep. For a bedroom that’s too hot, try turning on a fan, upgrading to cooling comforters, or wearing lighter pajamas (or no pajamas at all!).


Set yourself up for success
Pick a time to go to bed and a time to wake up. Bedtimes are influenced by daily schedules, which is why writing down your evening routine is one way to manage your time so last-minute chores and to-dos don’t interfere. If you’re tempted to send a last-minute work email or text a friend right before going to bed, ask yourself, “Does this need to be done right now?” If not, write a note in your journal to do it tomorrow.

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