If you have trouble falling asleep at night, you're not alone. Many people lay awake at night struggling to get a good night's rest. For some, the solution may be as simple as "screening out" screens in the hour or two before going to bed.

Blue Light

Research shows that blue light — the kind that comes out of your computer or television screen — actually helps your brain stay alert. And is that what you want at bedtime? Not so much.

If your nighttime activities include going online, watching TV, or playing video games in front of those blue-lit screens, chances are cutting out or cutting back on these activities could improve the quality of your sleep.

Ways to Avoid the Bedtime Screen

Make your bedroom a screen-free zone for an hour or two before going to sleep by keeping yourself busy during this time. Things to do instead of turning on a screen, include:

  • Showering
  • Straightening up the bedroom.
  • Reading a book, magazine, or even an e-reader like a Kindle (these screens do not emit blue light!).

It's also wise to keep in mind that exercise during the day improves sleep quality as well!