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5 Healthy Habits to Help You Sleep Better

SOCA has partnered with Anthem to help improve the health and wellness of our associates. This month, Anthem has published a list of five tips to help you get a better night's sleep. 

Browse the article below for tips on getting a better night's sleep.

5 healthy habits to help you sleep better 

While we know a good nights sleep makes it easier to start off the next day on the right foot, its also one of the most important things we can do for our whole health. After all, we spend one-third of our lives sleeping or trying to sleep. Almost everyone tosses and turns through the night every once and a while, but if it happens regularly, it can increase the risk of several problems , including weight gain, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and mental health issues.  

Everyones sleep needs are different, but most healthy adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep a night . If you're struggling to snooze soundly, some simple changes might be the help you need to sleep better and, ultimately, feel better. 

Build a sleep-friendly bedroom

If you want to sleep better, start by making sure your bedroom is a relaxing space for sleeping. Is it comfortable, dark, and quiet? Here are three tips to make your bedroom more sleep friendly: 

  • Check your sleep station:Think about your sleep habits, including your sleep position, whether you sleep hot or cold, and whether your body needs extra support. From there, check to make sure your sheets, pillows, and mattress are designed to work best for your body and patterns. 
  • Block out light and noise:If you live in a noisy area, try drowning out outside sound with a fan, white noise machine, or earplugs. Room-darkening curtains can also help simulate nighttime if you're in an area with a lot of light pollution or you work unconventional hours.  
  • Keep it cool: Our body temperatures are programmed to drop a little when we sleep. Turning down the thermostat matches your bodys natural drop and signals its time to sleep. For adults, the best temperature for sleep is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit .

Cut down on screen time

Scrolling through your phone or laptop at the end of the night isnt as harmless as it might seem.  

Device backlights can interrupt the body's release of melaton in, which is its natural way of making you feel sleepy . Over time, regular electronic use around bedtime can permanently increase the time it takes to fall asleep .  

If you're used to screening time at night, start with small, simple tweaks to cut it down, like enabling the do not disturb setting on your phone in the time leading up to and through your normal sleep hours. See more tips to help you change your nighttime tech routine and sleep better 

Watch what you eat and drink

What you put in your body in the hours before bedtime can have a big impact on your quality of sleep. Consider the following tips: 

  • Don't go to bed hungry or stuffed:Going to bed uncomfortable, whether its from hunger or an overly full stomach, is a recipe for poor-quality sleep. 
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine close to bedtime:Alcohol can cause drowsiness, which might put you to sleep more quickly. However, drinking alcohol especially too much of it actually lowers overall sleep quality . Caffeine, on the other hand, can cause sleep problems when its consumed within six hours before bedtime. 

Stick to a schedule

Even if your schedule looks different on the weekdays and weekends, its important to wake up and go to bed around the same time every day. Try not to let your bedtime and mornings vary by more than an hour or so this helps your body's sleep cycle stay on track. 

If you find you cant fall asleep after about 20 minutes in bed, leave the room to try something relaxing, like reading or listening to soothing music. If you spend too much time lying in bed trying to fall asleep, you might end up worrying about being awake, which could make the problem worse. 

Reduce stress and anxiety

Its no surprise that chronic worrying and stress make it harder to relax, including at bedtime. 


If you think stress and anxiety are the root cause of your sleep problems, your first step should be to talk to your doctor. On top of that, meditation, therapy, yoga, and mindfulness exercises can all help tame anxiety , which may help you sleep better. 

A good nights sleep doesn't only keep you feeling rested its an essential part of a healthy life. Quality sleep has many benefits : It can improve mood and concentration, help maintain a healthy weight, reduce stress, and lower the risk for illness and serious health problems. Taking the time and effort to find out what will help you sleep better is a powerful way to protect your whole health and feel great in the process 


Mayo Clinic: 

National Sleep Foundation: 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: 

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SOCA and Anthem Help Make a Healthier Tomorrow 

Your health matters and getting regular, quality sleep plays a huge part in determining how healthy your lifestyle is.  

At SOCA, we understand it can be hard to be sure that you are getting proper sleep, the right nutrition, and the best healthcare. Thats why SOCA pools our health benefits and uses multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs) to ensure that those businesses under the SOCA umbrella get the benefits of a big corporation while remaining small businesses.  

Curious about what SOCA could do for your small business or the local chamber of commerce? Reach out today!

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