November 13, 2015
I came across an article from Good Housekeeping that offered an interesting tip for how to sleep better: Brush your teeth in the dark.
According to a neuroscientist from Oxford University, turning bright lights on just before bedtime disrupts your circadian rhythm, which is influenced by light levels. The bright light in your bathroom tells your body that it’s time to wake up, rather than unwind and go to sleep.
I wouldn’t have thought of this but it makes sense. I know there’s plenty of times I’ve been so tired that I’ve fallen asleep on the couch, and woken up to wash my face and brush my teeth, only to have trouble falling back asleep once I’m in bed. I think I’ll try this. Although, I’ll use a nightlight for safety’s sake (and flossing!).
Anything that can help you to sleep better is worth giving a try. Read the article and see what you think.