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5 Hacks for better Sleep Hygiene

You know that feeling when you answer "How are you?" with "I feel exhausted"? Yeah, we've all been there. But fear not, there's something you can do to address this energy imbalance - it's called sleep hygiene! And no, we're not talking about washing your bedding more often (although that wouldn't hurt).

Sleep hygiene is all about creating the perfect environment and healthy habits for a good night's sleep. Think of it as a spa day for your brain! Here are five steps to help you achieve it.

Let there be light!

Light plays a big role in regulating our sleep cycle. So, getting some natural light exposure early in the morning can help reset your body's rhythm and make you feel alert during the day. But when it's time to wind down, dim the lights two hours before bed. And if you can't get outside, a lightbox is a great substitute.

Set the temperature right

Nobody likes being too hot or too cold in bed. So, make sure your room temperature is just right - 18°C is the sweet spot. And don't forget about your bedding! Opt for natural materials like alpaca fleece, wool, silk, and bamboo. We're not kidding, alpaca wool is the bomb!

Keep your bed a sanctuary

Your bed should be a place for two things only - sleep and sex. Leave your laptop and phone out of it! By associating your bed with sleep, your brain will get the message that it's time for some Zs.

Watch the snooze button

As tempting as it is to hit snooze a million times, it's not doing your sleep any favors. Try not to extend your sleep-in time by more than an hour. And keep in mind that your body prepares itself to wake up about an hour before you open your eyes.

Wash the day away

A cleansing shower or bath before bed can work wonders. It's like hitting the reset button on your day! And don't be afraid to add a few drops of essential oils - lavender, jasmine, and bergamot are all great for promoting relaxation. Plus, after a warm shower, your body temperature drops, and that's a good thing. It's a sign that you're getting ready for some serious shut-eye.

So, there you have it - five easy steps to better sleep hygiene. Trust us, your brain will thank you for it!

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