By: Lilly Thompson
In this post, we will explore the impact of heavy brain activity on our quality of sleep. Sleep is something many of us mistakenly neglect as we seek to cram more and more into our days. However, it pays to remind ourselves that quality sleep is incredibly beneficial for our physical and mental health and wellbeing. And, after all, there is nothing quite like rising after a restful night of nourishing sleep!
The Impact of Screen Use on our Sleep
In our ever-connected world, the majority of us spend a significant portion of our waking hours with our eyes glued to a screen clicking and scrolling. Whether that excites you or terrifies you, the fact is that screen use is an inevitable and inescapable part of modern life.
You have probably read before that avoiding electronic devices 2-3 hours before bed is a good idea if you want to get some quality shut-eye. The blue light, which electronic devices emit, is highly stimulating to our brains. Our brains mistake blue light for natural sunlight and the effect of this is disturbed sleep and, overtime, a disturbed circadian rhythm. In short, if you want to help your brain wind down and prepare it for sleep avoid screen use at least two hours before you plan to go to sleep.
The Internet and its Effect on Sleep
Browsing the internet before going to sleep is probably the activity which most impacts on our quality of sleep.
The internet, with its endless information and novelty, is like a pleasure island to our brains. Whilst the internet has connected us more than ever before, our brains have never even remotely experienced this kind of constant stimulation. Inevitably, if you browse the internet just before you turn off your light, your brain is likely to be alert and ticking – not good news if you are hoping for a restful slumber.
Mentally Challenging Activities and Sleep
It is not only screens and browsing the internet which can affect our quality of sleep. If you start engaging in mentally challenging activities before turning off your light, it can definitely affect the quality of your sleep. Now, we are not talking about cracking the Enigma code either. For example, maybe you are quite keen on wagering a bet or two at online casinos just before you doze off.
Well, if you are fond of a flutter, you probably don’t want to be playing blackjack and counting cards. Instead, try your luck on a simple slot or a scratch card game before calling it a night.
Tips for a Full Night of Sleep
So, with that being said, here are some tips to help you enjoy a night of quality sleep:
• Have an evening ritual which helps you to wind down
• A cup of chamomile tea can help to relax your mind and body
• Avoid all caffeine at least three hours before going to bed, and ideally by the afternoon
• Sleep in a dark and cool room
• Avoid electronic devices at least two hours before going to bed
• Avoid any mentally challenging activity before going to sleep
• A simple set of stretches before hopping into bed will help to relax your body