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As much as we would love to, we rarely ever seem to get a full eight hours every night. There’s usually a lot going on in our lives. Sometimes work or stress keeps us up tossing and turning throughout the night.
Sometimes we find ourselves endlessly scrolling on our phones, getting sucked into various influencer conspiracies, or getting lost in the pages and pages of social media.
Most of us know that we should be getting better sleep. We can tell every morning when we wake up and go about another day clutching to our coffee or energy drink for dear life.
But how do we treat the source of the problem and get better sleep?
Let’s look at how you can track how much sleep you’re actually getting and then improve it.
Tracking Your Sleep Patterns
In order to fix and improve on your sleeping problem, you need to know what the root of the issue is. With all of the technology available to us these days, tracking our sleep patterns is easier than ever.
The easiest way to track your sleep patterns is to use a simple app on your cellphone. Many of us have this feature already installed in the basic software on our phones, we just don’t know it.
With a sleep tracker app on your phone, you can set it to track your regular sleep pattern and cycle.
These apps connect to your smartwatch and are able to keep track of your deep sleep versus your light sleep, how many times you wake up throughout the night, and even if you snore or talk in your sleep.
These apps can track these nightly patterns over weeks and months so you can see what really needs improvement.
How Do You Improve Your Sleep Pattern?
So, you’ve tracked your sleep pattern for a few weeks and it’s… not looking too great.
What can you do to improve that sleep pattern? It may seem a little daunting at first, but you have a few options to improve your sleep hygiene.
Set an Alarm
We know you already have a morning alarm set (that you probably don’t have a great relationship with) but what about setting a nighttime alarm?
Setting a nighttime alarm can be a great reminder to get yourself to sleep. It’s a simple step to take that will, at the very least, remind you to check just how late it’s getting.
Add a Natural Supplement
Another easy way to incorporate something to boost a more regular and healthy sleep pattern into your routine is to add a supplement that aids natural sleep cycle.
Melatonin is a great natural sleep aid that people have been relying on for centuries. Your body naturally produces this to regulate your sleep-wake cycles and sometimes we don’t produce enough.
Finding a supplement that has melatonin with the addition of other natural calming extracts like chamomile and passionflower can help you get to sleep faster and wake up feeling more well-rested.
Set Down the Electronics
The most important thing you can do to get to sleep faster is to put down the electronics at least an hour before you need to be asleep.
When we’re looking at our phones, it’s easy to get lost on the internet. This keeps us up later than we think and staring at a screen keeps us from getting deep sleep.
Tracking Your Sleep Patterns Makes Improving Them Easier
If you’ve been waking up feeling tired or are always tossing and turning in bed, tracking your sleep patterns can make taking the steps to improve your sleep habits easier.