5 ways to wind down at night that don’t involve staring at your phone

5 ways to wind down at night that don’t involve staring at your phone

“We all lead busy lives, and part of getting a good night’s sleep is relaxing a busy mind,” says Sarah Sommer, wellness coordinator at Advocate BroMenn Health & Fitness Center in Normal, Ill. “Taking time to wind down even before you attempt to go to sleep can help you detach from the stress of the day.”

“Looking at your phone before bed stimulates your brain, which actually makes it harder to fall asleep. The light can also decrease the production of melatonin, which is an important hormone for sleep and maintaining your circadian rhythm.”

She offers the tips below instead.

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Holly Brenza
Holly Brenza

Holly Brenza, health enews contributor, is a public affairs coordinator at Advocate Health Care in Downers Grove. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago. In her free time, Holly enjoys reading, watching the White Sox and Blackhawks and playing with her dog, Bear and cats, Demi and Elle.