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These Three Simple Tips Will Help You Sleep Better (and Longer!) Each Night

The hours spent in your bedroom are important ones: They set you up for a happy—or totally harried—day.

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Sleep is one of the most important aspects of our holistic health. According to a 2017 review in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, getting a good night's rest can set you up to feel happy and productive throughout the day. Poor sleep habits, on the other hand, can lead to harried work weeks and poor performance. Luckily, there are many ways to get more quality sleep, including watching your diet and avoiding late-night snacking. There's one other aspect of a good sleep routine that many people overlook: optimizing your bedroom design.

 

To start, make a few practical decisions, like treating yourself to soft organic linens and heeding the latest research, in which health experts have made it clear that cell phones shouldn't follow you into the bedroom (and definitely not into the bedrooms of children and teens). It doesn't mean, however, that gadgets designed to aid your sleep are off limits. Follow these three tips and you'll find yourself sleeping better in no time.

 

RELATED: 10 Ways to Fall Asleep in 10 Minutes

 

Eliminate Blue Light

Reading a book is one of the healthiest (and most pleasant) ways to nod off. But just like the glow of a screen, a lamp's blue and green wavelengths can suppress the hormone melatonin, which helps you wind down. Pick a lamp style with an adjustable joint, so you can aim its beam away from you and onto your novel.

 

For added serenity, screw in a SimpleBulb Bedtime bulb, which emits less light on the stimulating end of the spectrum and will last for 20-plus years.

 

Stay Hydrated

Make room on your nightstand for a water carafe. It'll keep you quenched at night and prompt you to start the day with a full glass, which helps jump-start energy, protect joints, and flush your body of toxins. Then, keep it flowing, since you need about 92-ounces of water per day. Martha Stewart Living's photo director Dawn Sinkowski keeps herself hydrated with a half-gallon Klean Kanteen bottle at work, which means fewer refills at the water fountain.

 

Go Analog

Stop relying on your cell phone to wake you up in the morning—set an old-school analog alarm clock, which helps you to avoid the temptation of scrolling Instagram at night before bed. It also helps you to avoid getting sucked into emails or missed calls the minute you wake up in the next morning.