Tips for insomnia and improving your sleep

I’ve had a few patients recently with sleeping difficulties so thought I’d run a few posts with helpful tips:

Tip 1. Restrict artificial light at night

The light emitted from artificial light can disrupt the production of melatonin, which is the main hormone involved in sleep regulation. At home, this light primarily comes from screens – TV’s, computers, smart phones but also fluorescent bulbs and LED lights, so reducing exposure to artificial light in the evening can help.

One easy way to help with this is installing f.lux, a free app, on your computer. It automatically adjusts the colour of your screen at night, making it slightly orange, which reduces the amount of blue light coming into your eyes.