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Now that is an issue most of us face on a daily basis: not getting enough sleep because we are too stressed or paying too much attention to our screens, for different reasons.
The bad news is that sleep is essential for the good functioning of our brain. Therefore, we are to find solutions to this problem, as it can have really bad effects on us.
If you find yourself experiencing issues when trying to fall asleep, you might as well consider making your brain believe that night has come.
In order to do this, you could start using dim table or side lamps instead of bright ones, turning on your phone the so-called 'night mode' or using a mask to cover your face.
Whenever we fall behind on sleep, most of us have the tendency to try to catch up during weekends. The result is not that good though: it confuses our internal clock and therefore, we tend to feel even more tired afterwards.
So we should actually try waking up and going to bed at the same hours on both weekdays and weekends and building up a regular schedule that suits our needs.
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