With longer days and more sunlight, it can be tempting to stay up later in the spring. However, getting enough rest is crucial for mental health and overall well-being.
Here are 3 tips to help you develop a healthy sleep routine.
- Stick to a consistent sleep schedule: Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day (even on weekends) can help regulate your body’s internal clock and promote better sleep. Aim for at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night, and try to stick to your schedule as closely as possible.
- Create a relaxing bedtime routine: Establishing a calming bedtime routine can help signal to your body that it’s time to wind down and prepare for sleep. This could include taking a warm bath, reading a book, or practicing relaxation techniques like deep breathing or meditation.
- Limit exposure to screens before bed: The blue light emitted by screens (like those on our phones, tablets, and laptops) can interfere with the production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep. Try to avoid using screens for at least an hour before bed, or consider using blue light-blocking glasses or an app that filters blue light from your devices.