5 Tips to Avoid Daytime Sleepiness
Daytime sleepiness is a nightmare. It stops us doing the things that we need to get done, makes us lose concentration and can just make us feel pretty miserable as we go about our day. The key to tackling daytime sleepiness is to make sure that we get enough sleep during the night. Sleep is restorative and getting enough can help us get through the day without our functions being compromised in any way. Read our guide to help you make sure you get enough sleep at night so that you can get through the day without sleepiness being an issue.
Keep distractions out of bed
Statistics show that around 71% of Americans take their smartphone to bed with them. Phones are a distraction that can prevent us from sleeping. Whether it’s scrolling through social media rather than trying to sleep at the start of your evening or waking up in the middle of the night and reaching for your phone only to see an important email that wakes up your brain. Your phone could be causing you to lose precious sleep by keeping your brain too active to rest.
Set a consistent wake-up time
Getting enough sleep to get you through the night can be achieved by having a good sleep routine. This means going to bed at around the same time and waking up at around the same time each day. When your body is in that consistent routine, it is easier for your brain to switch off and get itself into sleep mode. Read our guide covering how to arrange your bedroom for the perfect night’s sleep to help you create the right environment.
Gradually move to an earlier bedtime
If you find, when looking at your sleep routine, that you need to be going to bed earlier to get enough sleep in, don’t just start going to bed earlier. Doing so might be counter-productive as you might not be able to switch off and might be left lying awake in bed for a long time. Instead, gradually move your bedtime so that your body becomes accustomed to your new routine slowly. One thing that keeps people lying awake at night is the temperature in their room, especially if they are the type of sleeper who gets too hot in bed. Hot sleepers can benefit from a cooling mattress, to keep them at the right temperature for sleep.
Set consistent, healthy mealtimes
Building a sleep routine also means building a routine around mealtimes. The key is to be full enough to not feel hungry as you fall asleep but not be too full that you feel uncomfortable. Read up on all the latest advice regarding when to eat before bed and build this into your routine.
Exercise might be the last thing that you want to do if you are feeling tired during the day but it really can help ensure that you get enough sleep. Exercise really tires the body and by making sure you exhaust your reserves you can ensure that your body falls into the deep sleep that it needs.