Lower your exposure to blue light
The use of technology has become increasingly popular over recent years, with most of us owning some sort of device – whether that’s a laptop, tablet or mobile phone. Whilst it’s great to be able to use these to stay in touch with loved ones, the blue light emitted from screens can negatively impact our sleep quality and ability to drift off.
Melatonin is the hormone that, when released, helps us to fall asleep and regulates our sleep pattern. However, blue light inhibits its production in the brain, making it harder to fall asleep at night. Put simply, when exposed to it during the night time, blue light can trick our brains into thinking that it’s daytime. Subsequently, we find it more difficult to become tired.
It’s therefore recommended that we stop using screens two hours before bedtime. You may find it difficult initially, particularly if you regularly watch TV before bed. Over time, though, it becomes easier – and you’ll soon notice the benefits to your sleep cycle.