September is in a few days, marking the official beginning of spring. Which means many things: longer days, warmer weather, and for some, itchy noses, and watery eyes. With earlier sunrises (and day-light savings in a few weeks), we can take advantage of these effects they will have on our sleep.
3 Ways to Improve Your Sleep
Sleep deprivation affects our health and wellness negatively. Inadequate sleep leads to poor mental performance and emotional regulation, among many other things. Here are a few easy hacks that you may be able to implement.
Check Your Circadian Clock
Become aware of your circadian clock (your body clock). There is a lot of information on Google and YouTube on how to do so. Things like light and temperature impact your sleep. Check your sleep environment.
Monitor Your Sleep
There are apps dedicated to this that help you get a better picture of both the quality and quantity of your sleep. This knowledge can then help form healthy habits around improving your sleep.
Build Healthy Digital Habits
Have a smartphone break. Checking your phone within the last 60mins of your day, as well as the first 60mins of your day, can provoke neurochemicals that affect the quality of your sleep as well as your emotional equilibrium for the day.
While we may not be able to control every aspect that affects our sleep, it can be beneficial to focus on what we can control and make small tweaks, one step at a time. Improve your sleep; improve your wellbeing; improve your life at work and home.