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5 Habits for Better Sleep

Author: Morgan Vandenberg

Topic: Sleep

SCREENS OFF

We all know that staring at screens before bed can keep us awake far longer than we would like. There’s bluelight glasses and “dark mode” to help counteract the effects of screens on our eyes, but nothing is better than simply putting it away an hour before bed. 

Consistent schedules

If you are trying to sleep 8 hours from 10PM to 6AM on the weekdays but sleeping 2AM to 10AM on the weekends, this will affect your long-term sleep quality. Irregular sleep patterns can alter your circadian rhythm and levels of melatonin, which signal your brain to sleep. Our rhythm functions on a loop. Keep your sleep on a strict schedule for a few weeks and you may find yourself not even needing an alarm! 

Create an environment best for sleep

These days, our houses have become our gyms, our workplaces, and our living spaces. But the bed should be for sleep! Having a calm, clean,quiet and relaxing bedroom space that is not used for work or other stressful/distracting things can improve sleep quality tremendously. Focus on temperature, light sources, and noise. 

Meditation

Meditation before you sleep! This can be whatever you want it to be. Whatever relaxes you, do that. Maybe it’s reading, stretching, breathing exercises, sitting quietly, or maybe a yin yoga session with Kristin. 😉

Exercise Daily exercise is proven to improve sleep. It is shown to cut the time it takes to fall asleep in half and reduce wakefulness and anxiety. By fitting in a class at Crossfit Torrent 3 to 5 times a week, you will most definitely see improvements in your quality of sleep!

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