Do you feel like you’re always trying to catch up on sleep? There is a growing list of distractions that are always around us when we’re crawling into bed for the night. These distractions can make it difficult for our minds to settle from all of the day’s activities, and they often result in the deprivation of sleep. Read on to see which distractions might be affecting your sleep and why sleeping is so different than it was ten years ago.
Cellphones and Television
Cellphones are a huge distraction in both our day and night. Cellphone ownership has gone up to over 90% in recent years, up from about 65% in 2005. Cellphones and other media devices, like the television or music players, can keep our minds heavily stimulated with light, sound, and information consumption. Cut out your media consumption thirty to sixty minutes before you go to bed.
While exercising is important, doing your routines late in the evening can keep your body and mind in an active state. Try to do your exercising earlier in the day so that your body has time to settle down by the evening.
A Busy Mind
If you can’t sleep because of a busy mind, the easiest way to calm your mind is to get out a piece of paper or a notebook and write down all of your thoughts and concerns. This will help get it out of your mind and you can handle issues the follow morning.
Any source of light can make it difficult to fall asleep. Our body is used to attributing light with the rising sun, so it’s important to remove any sources of light and cover our windows to prevent any light from getting into the room.
If any of these distractions are a part of your life, make an effort to reduce them so that you can enjoy a full night of sleep.