Sleep is something that we as human beings rely on tremendously. A severe lack of sleep is dangerous and can be fatal, and without sleep, we aren’t too useful in our everyday functions and responsibilities.
Despite the importance of sleep and how seriously we depend on it, it is something that a lot of us struggle with. Whether we have a medical condition or simply cannot seem to get a decent amount of shut eye, sleep deprivation is no joke, and, over time, it can lead to a multitude of health problems.
So, how exactly can we improve our sleep habits? Quite easily, actually, according to an article from Healthline.
Exposing ourselves to as much bright light exposure as we can during the day can help us achieve a better sleep, the article explains. “Your body has a natural time-keeping clock known as your circadian rhythm (13, 14Trusted Source). It affects your brain, body and hormones, helping you stay awake and telling your body when it’s time to sleep (14Trusted Source, 15Trusted Source). Natural sunlight or bright light during the day helps keep your circadian rhythm healthy. This improves daytime energy, as well as nighttime sleep quality and duration,” the article says.
And, in contrast to the point above, avoiding blue light exposure in the evening (which is released from electronic devices) can help us get more zzzzs at night.
Other tips the article mentions include avoiding irregular or long naps, maintaining a consistent bedtime and wake up schedule, avoiding alcohol, not eating late at night, and taking melatonin. There are quite a few strategies mentioned, so be sure to check out the entire article if you’re someone who struggles to get a good night’s sleep.
Sleep isn’t something you should mess around with. If your sleep habits are of concern to you, consult your doctor to determine how to best move forward.