How to Turn Getting Better Sleep Into a Fun Game With Technology
There is no one in this world who doesn’t want to get better sleep.
It’s something that we all crave, but it can be difficult to do when our lives are so busy.
That’s where technology comes in! There are now a number of great apps that can help you track your sleep and try to improve your scores.
In this article, I will talk about how to make getting better sleep into a fun game by using technology!
I will also share some tips I’ve learned over the years using sleep technology too!
How I increased my average sleep from 7 to 8 hours
This photo shows my 2 year history from the Sleep App on Android.
You can see in the beginning I slept about 7 hours, but I quickly rose up to 8 hours where I’ve remained ever since.
How would you like to really get an hour more sleep per night?
Here’s the simple strategy that worked for me.
I just started tracking my sleep! For me, I am very analytical. I like self-improvement. Seeing my sleep score and number naturally made me want to improve.
Getting more sleep became like a game!
However, it’s one thing to play a game you can win, but games that you cannot win are terrible!
So, sleep tracking was part of my journey to sleep improvement but it wasn’t just about tracking my sleep. Fortunately, I also started to implement some of the other tips I will share with you in this article.
Without these tips, I may not have been able to get better sleep!
Sleep tips or sleep tracking?
You could say tracking my sleep motivated me to apply these sleep tips / hacks more frequently.
Because my biggest sleep struggle for years was not being able to sleep.
These tips empowered me to actually get better sleep, or to “play the game of sleep”.
If you cannot win the game of sleep, then it’s going to be a stupid game to play.
Try some of these tips out for yourself, and track your progress.
If you can start seeing progress and “gamify” your sleep with technology, then you can definitely improve your sleep patterns too.
Here are five tips that helped me get better sleep
Here are the strategies I implemented to fall asleep more quickly, and stay asleep!
1 – Take CBD gummies
CBD gummies are a natural way to fall asleep.
They don’t have any of the negative side effects that come with taking sleeping pills.
I take CBD gummies every night and they have helped me fall asleep within 20-30 minutes every time! If you are not a fan of CBD, you can find other great supplements for sleep and other health concerns.
2 – White noise / ear plugs
White noise is also a great way to fall asleep quickly.
There are a number of great white noise machines on the market that can help you block out the noise from your environment and relax into sleep.
I personally just use the free app on my phone!
3 – No coffee in evening
Coffee is a stimulant, so it’s no surprise that it can make it difficult to fall asleep.
I used to drink coffee every evening, but I found that it was making it harder for me to fall asleep. So, I decided to cut it out in the evening and it’s made a big difference!
In general you want to relax in the evening, so you could also read this TechNationNews article about taking a bath before bed too!
4 – Get enough exercise
Exercise is one of the best ways to improve your sleep. It helps to tire out your body so that you can fall asleep more easily.
I try to get 20-30 minutes of exercise every day, and it really makes a difference in my sleep patterns.
But, please don’t think you need to workout super hard. I personally try to walk outside and listen to some music for 20-30 minutes a day.
5 – Make sure your sleeping environment is dark & cool
Your sleeping environment can also have a big impact on your sleep quality.
It’s important to make sure that your room is dark and cool so that you can relax into sleep more easily.
6 – Get a regular sleep schedule
Finally, one of the most important things you can do for your sleep is to establish a regular sleep schedule. This means going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, even on weekends!
I know it can be tempting to stay up late and sleep in on the weekends, but it’s really important to keep a consistent sleep schedule if you want to improve your sleep quality.
I no longer put my phone in bed with me
For the first 1.5 years I would sleep with my phone because the apps can track the quality of your sleep.
When you sleep with your phone you can also get “better” sleep data like snoring, times turned over, and recording sounds you make in your sleep. However I found I only needed to track my sleep. All the other sleep data like REM sleep was nice, but I never paid attention to it.
For me, all I care about is seeing my average sleep improve. Although nowadays I simply try to maintain my sleep score as I’m happy with 8 hours 🙂
So one day I realized, if I only use the sleep app for tracking my sleep, I don’t need to have my phone in bed with me. So if you’re worried about information overload, or if you’re worried about literally getting in bed with tech companies, then I suggest you sleep normally without your phone in bed.
You can just click the sleep app for an alarm and it will still be able to track your sleep.
If you’re looking to get better sleep, then using technology can definitely help. There are a number of different apps and gadgets that can help you relax into sleep more easily.
I’ve shared five tips that have helped me get better sleep, but please experiment until you find what works best for you.
Establishing a regular sleep schedule is one of the most important things you can do for your health, so try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day!
Jared Levenson is the coach and writer behind Eating Enlightenment, a 4 year old blog focusing on intuitive eating and nutrition. Jared lived for 13 months in a Zen Buddhist monastery and is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor.