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5 Hacks To Improve Your Quality Of Sleep

We all know how wonderful it feels to wake up after a good night’s sleep, but what’s often overlooked is just how critical quality sleep is to our cognitive function. Sleep is one of the most crucial parts of health optimization and should be a foundational aspect of your health & fitness lifestyle. Here are my 5 favorite hacks to improve your quality of sleep tonight!

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Sleep Tip #1: Cool Off

Your body must be cool and able to control its own temperature to initiate sleep, reach deeper levels of sleep, and stay asleep consistently. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 60 to 67 degrees for optimal sleep, or try a mattress chilling pad.

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Sleep Tip #2: Blue Light Therapy

Difficulty falling asleep? Taking proactive steps during the day, such as wearing blue light blockers or getting outside for some natural light, preferably with a brief but brisk walk, can help.

 

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Sleep Tip #3: Track Your Zzzs

You may think you’re getting more sleep than you are—or maybe you’re just waking up more than you’ve noticed. Use a tool like Beddit or a WHOOP® strap to track your sleep so you understand your unique sleep patterns and can find effective ways to solve them.

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Sleep Tip #4: Hello, Darkness

Humans evolved to sleep in darkness, without the constant humming of electric lights of today. If light seeps through your windows, try blackout shades. Aim to keep your electronics, which emanate blue light, off when you sleep. If you can’t, cover your eyes with an eyeshade.

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Sleep Tip #5: Stick to a Schedule

It takes a little self-discipline, but going to bed at the same time every night should be part of your routine, even on weekends. Doing so allows you to harness the force of your body’s own circadian rhythms.

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