Many Americans are feeling the consequences of lack of sleep in their daily lives. Getting less than six hours of rest a night has been linked to higher mortality rates, increased depression and anxiety, and overall lower quality of life. Let’s take a look at some tips that can easily improve your sleep routine.
One of the easiest ways that you can get a better night’s rest is by washing your sheets and bedding more often. 73% of people say they are more excited to sleep with fresh sheets, and are more relaxed when it comes time to go to sleep.
Reducing blue light is another way to improve your overall quality of sleep. Blue light from cell phones, laptops, and TV’s can inhibit melatonin production by up to 200%! Try staying away from screens for an hour before bedtime, or try using blue-light filtering glasses which will lessen the amount of blue light filtered by your eyes.
Another tip is investing in a weighted blanket. Weighted blankets have been proven to help people suffering with insomnia by lessening the amount they toss and turn during the night. This lack of movement keeps people from waking themselves up during the night, and the weight provided by the blanket can be comforting to keep people asleep all night.
Overall, it is recommended to sleep between 7 and 8 hours a night to ensure alertness and productivity during the day. Learn more about tips for a more restful sleep and the cost of lack of sleep in the infographic below: