You blast the heat at night
iStock/Aslan-Alphan Light isn’t the only thing signaling your body that it’s time for bed. “Our bodies have a rhythm to body and brain temperature,” says Dr. Kline. Your body cools down at night, so keeping your bedroom toasty can confuse it into thinking it’s still early. Most experts recommend keeping your bedroom around 65°F, according to the National Sleep Foundation. That temperature might not work for everyone, but in general, opt for a cooler temperature over warm when you’re trying to sleep, says Dr. Kline. Check out these other little changes that will help you sleep better.
You sleep in cozy pajamas
iStock/Pekic Those long flannel pajamas might be cozy, but they also make it harder to control your body temperature during the night, says Dr. Winter. Sleep in as little clothes as you feel comfortable in, and pile on the blankets instead. “Create your warmth with bedding that can be pulled on and taken off throughout the night,” says Dr. Winter. “If you wake up too hot you can kick the covers off, and when you start getting cold again, pull them back up.” Learn what happens to your body without enough sleep.
You always reach for PM pain pills
iStock/dolgachov It’s no surprise that pain can make it harder to sleep, but address the pain instead of just trying to sleep it off. “It surprises me how many people don’t recognize that,” says Dr. Winter. “They focus on the sleep problem and don’t focus on the pain problem.” Even though they have a sedative effect, some pain pills can actually lead to worse sleep quality, he says. Invest in a new mattress instead. A memory foam or adjustable mattress, for instance, could support your body better and ease your pain.