Wish you were still bouncing out of bed like you did when you were 22? Who doesn’t! But it can be hard to summon all your old verve in the midst of the daily grind. With all that we have to do in a day, feeling sluggish just seems to become a normal part of life, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are three simple tips to help you get the rest you need and put some pep back in your step.
Turn Off The Lights
In the spectrum of natural light, blue wavelengths have the biggest impact on our circadian rhythm, slowing production of the hormone melatonin, which is often referred to as “the key that starts the engine to sleep.” But avoiding blue light at night can be hard. Today’s energy-efficient lighting tends to be bluer than older bulbs; the screens now common in laptops and tablets can emit more than twice as much blue light as older models. Be sure to turn off tech after dinner and dim lights an hour before you hit the sack to increase your chances of a restful sleep.
Take A Hot Bath
Sleep comes most easily when your core temperature drops, explains Phyllis Zee, M.D., director of the sleep disorders center at Northwestern University. But if your hands and feet are cold, your core holds onto heat. Taking a bath warms your extremities, so your body gets the message to start cooling itself.
In a recent study of people with insomnia, those who received lavender aromatherapy in the evenings had significantly improved sleep quality. Try putting lavender oil in an aromatherapy ionizer and sniffing the scent for 20 minutes before bedtime.
How do you make sure you get a good night’s sleep?