This Is Why You're Always Tired (and How to Fix It)

Gabrielle Savoie

A good night's sleep seems increasingly out of reach for many of us—whether we're working late, being kept up by loud neighbors, or glued to our phones until 1 a.m.—and disruptors everywhere are preventing us from truly getting our snooze on for 7–8 hours a night. But the benefits of a good night's sleep are too good to ignore: Studies show that it can make you happier, improve your memory, and even out your complexion. So how do you improve your sleep when your mind is racing and your surroundings are keeping you awake?

Start by taking a good hard look at your bedroom: Is your mattress supportive? Is the room free of light and noise disruptors? Is your space truly a relaxing sanctuary that promotes deep z's? If Netflix is on, street lights are beaming in, and your bed is making you hot or uncomfortable, your bedroom may be to blame for feeling tired and sluggish in the morning. By tackling your sleeping issues now, you'll be more productive at work, and you can show up rested, cheerful, and even glowing at your next event. Take the ultimate bedroom test and adjust as necessary—your bedroom bliss awaits.

Keep Your Charger Far Away

Be strict about unplugging 30–50 minutes before bedtime. We already know that our devices are ruining our sleep patterns—the blue light emitted from our phones disrupts our natural sleep cycle, while our 3 a.m. Wikipedia deep-dives are never productive. Having a charging station outside of your bedroom makes it easier to check out for the night, and pick up a book before bed instead. You'll not only feel more naturally tired, but you'll be less likely to pick up your phone in the middle of the night after a bathroom run. Bonus: If you get into the habit, you'll never wake up with a half-charged phone again.

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