Try to determine how much sleep your body needs
How much sleep you need varies from person to person, but it’s generally somewhere between seven and nine hours, according to Sleep.org by the National Sleep Foundation. How can you figure out the right number for you? By testing it out. During a week off, when you don’t need to use an alarm clock, see when you start to wake up naturally and feel refreshed after a few days. Check out these sleep myths you should ignore.
Try to make your going-to-bed routine more soothing
For a better morning, the National Sleep Foundation recommends starting a bedtime ritual well before your actual bedtime, in which you dim the lights and try to relax by taking a warm bath, meditating, stretching, or reading. Good nighttime habits can also positively influence your natural sleep/wake cycle and lead to fewer sleep disruptions, adds Jose Mendez, MD, director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Connecticut. “I recommended avoiding light and disengaging from intellectual stimulation and stressful or anxiety-provoking activities—such as working and paying bills—at least two hours before bedtime,” he says. “Because light at night is perhaps the most important factor that can negatively impact waking up rested in morning, it is important to avoid light from computers, mobile phones, and tablets late at night and right before bedtime.” Don’t miss these tips for getting the best night’s sleep ever.