Aug 27, 2015
High quality sleep can help to improve your performance, keep your body healthy, and most importantly, stop you from morphing into Mr. Grouch.
If you're busy designing your website late into the night, you want to be able to drift into Sleepy Land pronto when you finally jump into bed, but sometimes this isn't the case. For those insomniacs out there, these sleeping tips could be worth trying out.
Use a bluelight filter.
During the day, blue light, especially from the sun, keeps you alert and improves your mood. In the evening, however, the blue light emitted from your computer and mobile devices could be keeping your brain alert at night. Try using a bluelight filter in the evenings to prime your body for bed. F.lux is a great one which adjusts throughout the day in accordance with the sun's timeline.
Another tip: Keep in mind that a using a bluelight filter affects the colours that you see on your screen. When you're designing your website, you might want to save your colour-based design choices for a time when the filter is turned off.
Have a glass of milk.
Mom was right- a glass of warm milk before bed can help you doze off quicker. Milk contains the amino acid tryptophan, which helps induce sleep. One caveat- be sure that you're not lactose intolerant! The last thing you want is an angry digestive system keeping you up.
Don't knock aromatherapy.
Try lavender, chamomile, vanilla, or jasmine- they're gentle scents that can help lull you to sleep.
After hitting the sack, if you find yourself tossing and turning:
Don't look at the clock!
You might be tempted to take a peek at the clock to see how much more time you have to fall asleep- don't do it! This seemingly innocent activity can have your mind racing as you calculate the mere minutes you have until wake up time, creating anxiety and frustration.
Distract your mind.
Go to the beach and lie in the sand, shoot some free throws over and over, or lounge around in a yacht- all in your mind. Allow your mind to drift, as this will reduce anxiety.
Relax your jaw.
Are your teeth touching? Allow a space to form between your top and bottom teeth, and coax your tongue to fall so it doesn't touch the roof of your mouth. Releasing jaw tension can send a signal to the rest of your body to relax.
Is all this sleep talk making you feel tired? Let us know what works for you, we'd love to hear from ya!
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