I love sleep so much, that if you let me I would sleep my life away.
I participated in a sleep study years back and was told, if I want to perform my best during the day, I should get between 9-10 hour of sleep each night.
Yowza. It’s like I’ve never grown out of my teenage sleep needs.
Although I try to get 9-10 hours of sleep every night, I often fail.
Recently I’ve been focused on getting better quality sleep, rather than solely focusing on the hour count.
There are a lot of factors that play into the quality of your sleep:
- A regular, relaxing bedtime routine beginning an hour or more before the time you expect to fall asleep
- A pitch-dark, sound-proof and cool bedroom environment
- No eating at least 2-3 hours before bedtime
- Daily exercise
- And the list goes on…
The Less Known Sleep Culprit
What I didn’t find in my plethora of research is
the impact that our computer screens have on our sleep.
The light that illuminates your computer screen is designed to look like the sun. Which no problem during the day, but you shouldn’t be staring into the equivalent of sunlight late at night.
Why? Because it messes heavily with your internal clock. The presence of blue-light inhibits the secretion of melatonin during nighttime that is oh so crucial to getting a quality nights sleep.
But not to fret. I did the research and there’s is a simple solution. Download and install a free piece of software called f.lux on your computer.
It’s a key step you can take toward getting better quality sleep.
In the quick tutorial below I show you what f.lux can do for you and how it works.