Setting your bedroom to a cool, comfortable temperature
Putting your cell phone on silent
3. Astronauts Schedule Their Time
It’s important to keep a sleeping schedule that complements your natural circadian rhythm.
Your body will naturally adjust to a 24-hour cycle. But in outer space, the sun rises and sets numerous times a day. That makes it hard to maintain a 24-hour sleep schedule.
Astronauts train themselves to adhere to a 24-hour circadian rhythm. They also stick to a strict sleeping schedule, diet, and exercise. All these good habits are crucial for keeping your sleep on track.
On Earth, sleeping and waking at the same time each day helps you to maintain your internal body clock. By maintaining your body clock, you can enjoy better quality sleep.
4. Astronauts Take Melatonin
More than 75% of astronauts take melatonin to help regulate their sleep. Melatonin is a hormone our brains naturally produce, that causes drowsiness.
If you think you would benefit from taking melatonin, make an appointment to speak with a doctor.
5. Astronauts Take Sleep Therapy Seriously
If you’re struggling to enjoy a good night’s sleep, contact a behavioral health clinician.
Many astronauts use Sleep Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help them clear their minds before they go to bed (2). This therapy is useful for making a smooth transition from feeling awake to falling asleep.
Want to Sleep like an Astronaut?
Remember, if you’re struggling to get to sleep, learn to control your circadian rhythm. Then you can enjoy a more regular sleeping pattern.
If you can, optimize the environment you’re sleeping in. And if you need to, talk to a physician about trying melatonin.
After all, if astronauts can sleep in space, you can sleep here on Earth!
(1) "Can’t sleep? Try dozing off in zero gravity!" Sleep.org, www.sleep.org/articles/how-astronauts-sleep/. Accessed 12 Feb. 2018.
(2) Weitering, Hanneke.“Sleeping in Space: How Astronauts Get a Good Night's Rest." Space.com, 16 Mar. 2017, www.space.com/35293-how-astronauts-sleep-in-space.html
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