- A dark room – no light coming in between the curtains, no lights or flashing from devices
- Resting heart rate – no tossing or turning as this will increase your heart rate. If you have been awake for more than 20 minutes, get up slowly and sit on the edge of the bed if you can’t get to sleep. Do some slow breathing before lying back down.
- Ideally, 16 to 18 degrees air temperature. Getting out of bed or sitting on the side of your bed, has the added benefit of helping you to cool down and lower your heart rate.
- View sleep as an opportunity, not as a ‘must fall asleep now’! This reduces the pressure to get to sleep.
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