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Without even knowing it, many of us might be sabotaging our ability to fall asleep, hours before our heads even hit that pillow. Sometimes things that we do during the day can interfere with the ability to fall asleep when we’re supposed to, but it doesn’t have to be this way! There are plenty of ways you can actively help yourself get a good night’s sleep, so you can enjoy life rested and feeling great.
Peace and quiet
Things like carpet or rugs can buffer unwanted sounds, as well as installing heavy curtains - which can do triple duty by effectively blocking out disturbing light and helping to maintain a comfortable temperature. White noise machines can help with this as well, not only eliminating irritating sounds but also replacing them with soothing noises that can help you drift off. Something like a fan can also serve a double purpose, helping you to cut irritating noises while also keeping the temperature cool and comfortable.
Promote more relaxation
Enjoy evening R&R
Get the kids to start calming down by turning off lights a couple of hours before it’s actually bedtime, and cut their electronics use after a certain time. Contrary to popular belief, unwinding with your favorite TV show is actually a good way to disrupt your sleeping patterns by making you feel more alert. If someone in the house simply must do some nighttime surfing or catch a late show, consider some blue light glasses to offset the stimulating properties electronic screens have.
You’re not alone if you feel like the demands of modern life have made it tough to fall asleep. Make sure you have an appropriate atmosphere for slumber, relax through the day, and unwind before bed. Plenty of us have had trouble drifting off at the end of a long day, but with the right strategies in place, you can catch more z’s in no time at all!
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David B. Younger, Ph.D. is the creator of Love After Kids, for couples that have grown apart since having children. He is a clinical psychologist and couples therapist with a web-based private practice and lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, 14-year-old son, 5-year-old daughter and 7-year-old toy poodle.