Do These Things to Sleep Better, According to Science

Have you noticed that your kids have a bedtime routine, but you don’t? Maybe it’s not just age that lets them sleep deeper and better than you.

It's amazing that most adults can function with as little sleep as we get. We have responsibilities at work and at home, and we get into habits that work against us getting the rest we need. Yet, we're good at ensuring our kids get the sleep they need, and we naturally get them into a bedtime routine. It turns out that rituals and routines help increase our quality of sleep.

Get In the Habit

It turns out that rituals and routines help increase our quality of sleep.

Here are five things you may find help you wind down, sleep better, and wake up refreshed.

Lights Out

Light impacts your sleep by signaling the retina to block conversion of serotonin to melatonin, the neurotransmitter that signals sleep. The absence of light – particularly white and blue light – signals that conversion process. Turn white and blue light down in your house when the sun sets. If you can, wear blue blocking glasses when watching television or working on a computer at night. And make sure your bedroom is black-out dark while you sleep. (read more here)

Screen Curfew

Turn screens off at least one hour before turning in. That means end the scroll, put down the phone and turn off the computer and television. This will give your brain time to process prior to sleep.

Warm Bath

A hot bath or shower about 1-2 hours before bed raises your core temperature enough to make your body cool itself. (read the science here) And cooling the core temperature is a signal to your body and brain that it’s time to prepare for sleep. This will also loosen the muscles for the next step…