4 Tips to Lower Stress and Sleep Better

4 Tips to Lower Stress and Sleep Better

Is stress keeping you from the sheets?

We’re all experiencing an increased amount of tension in our lives, but the last thing we wanna do is let it keep us from a solid night of sleep. 

Getting 7-9 hours of sleep a night is one of the most important things you can do to keep your immune system strong. That is just one of the numerous benefits of a good nights sleep. 

So how do we turn off the brain and get to counting sheep? Here are 5 tips to get you there.

Routine Routine Routine. Although memes about how messed up everyones schedules are during quarantine are funny, the reality is that the best way to feel normal is to stick to your routine. Even if you’re not working your normal schedule, try and go to bed and get up at the same time everyday.

Take it from an expert: “This is actually a time when we need to remember and be mindful of how we are living our lives in this very different way. So, we need to keep our lives as close to our routine as possible,” Navya Singh, PysD, a psychologist and research scientist at the Columbia University department of psychiatry said. 

Skip the Nap. We know it’s hard. You just buried an entire pizza for lunch and your next zoom call isn’t for another 3 hours. It’ll be ok if you just close your eyes for a few…

While that afternoon siesta might feel good, studies show that it’s going to mess up your sleep in the long run. Try and use your routine sleep schedule as an anchor to keep you feeling yourself as we ride this thing out. 

Blue Light = No Sleep. All of the screens in our life emit blue light. Even when your smartphone tells you it’s in night mode, yeah, your eyeballs are still soaking up blue light

Screen time really affects the production of melatonin in our brains: the “sleep chemical.” One hour before bed, cut the screens, stash the devices and read a book or listen to relaxing music. Or both, go crazy. Your brain will thank you. 

No News is Good News…Before Bed. We know it’s important to stay informed. We also know that not all news is negative right now (*wink*). Schedule a time for news and stick to it. We suggest 9:00 AM PST and noon EST…seems like a really good time to check your email and get updates from your favorite source, just sayin’.

Seriously though, along with avoiding screens, avoid anything that may cause extra anxiety before bed. Let your calming music and good book usher you into a night of sweet sweet sheets.