Getting a good night’s rest is about more than just going to bed at an appropriate time.
It’s also about arranging your evening so that it’s not stressful or stimulating in a way that can make it hard to fall and stay asleep.
We know: It’s easier said than done.
To help you out, we’ve rounded up seven common behaviors that can ruin your rest – plus what you can do instead.
1. Don’t use any kind of digital technology.
A growing body of research suggests that staring at the blue and white light emitted from digital screens prevents your brain from releasing the hormone melatonin, which lets your body know when it’s time to hit the hay. So it becomes harder to fall and stay asleep.
Take a tip from Arianna Huffington, cofounder and editor of The Huffington Post, who’s banned electronics from the bedroom and reads a hard copy book before going to sleep.