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Tip #8: Be Well, Clean Up Your Sleep Hygiene

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How to Improve Sleep

Welcome to tips for living a healthier life: the Healthy for Good Program (HFG). This week's tip (#8) is to Be Well.

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Sleep Hygiene

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How to Sleep Better


Is your phone keeping you up at night? Whether it is the screen brightness or the anxiety that comes with a late-night text, improve your sleep hygiene with a few simple tips when it comes to using your technology before bed.

Tips on how to sleep better:

  • Move it. Charge your device as far away from your bed as possible. The distance may help you feel less overwhelmed in general
  • Dim it. Dim your screen or use a red filter app at night. The bright blue light of most devices can mess with your circadian rhythm and melatonin production.
  • Set it. Try setting a bedtime alarm to remind you that it's time to wrap it up for the night.
  • Lock it. If you've got a scrolling habit you need to kick, try an app-blocking app that makes it impossible to get lost in after-hours emails, social media or gaming.
  • Block it. Put your phone on "do not disturb" mode to block it all out when you're trying to sleep.

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