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7 mistakes you make while getting ready for bed, and how to rectify them

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Everyone has their own little routine each night before they climb under the covers. We brush our teeth, wash the makeup off (you do that, right?!), and change into PJs. You might be making some mistakes while getting ready for bed, though, and you don’t even know it. Your bedtime ritual is just as important as your morning one, and what you do before your head hits the pillows will greatly affect your sleep.

Whether it’s browsing through Facebook for just a few minutes too long or bringing your work to bed, there are probably a few small things in your nighttime routine that you may want to adjust, especially considering the fact that a third of all Americans aren’t getting enough sleep. Ouch. Every little bit counts, so let’s see if we can make the best of your bedtime routine.

Here are seven mistakes you make while getting ready for bed.

1You stare at a screen for a really long time

We all know excessive screen time isn’t good at night but we do it anyway. Harvard research has shown that the wavelengths of light that come from your laptop, TV, phone, tablet, etc. suppress the hormone melatonin in your brain, which is the very thing that leads to a long, healthy sleep.

Try to shut off your electronics well before you climb into bed. Instead of scrolling through Instagram incessantly, pick up a book to read or chat with your partner before you drift off into dream land.

2You don’t shut all the blinds and curtains

The darker your room is, the better sleep you’re going to get. If you live in a city where there are streetlights or car headlights passing by constantly, all that light could mess with your sleep cycle. Shutting down all the blinds and curtains also comes in handy when the early morning sun blares through your windows and robs you of an extra half hour or hour of sleep.

3You leave the thermostat too high

The temperature of your sleeping cave should sit at a cozy 65 degrees. Your body’s internal temperature naturally drops when you fall into a deep sleep, so if you set up the room to be a cooler temperature, it will be easier for you to slip into a comfy REM cycle. Anything under 54 or above 75 will make it difficult for you to get your shut-eye.

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