Top 5 Tips for Better Sleep
Oftentimes when life gets busy the first habits we break are the healthy ones. No matter how busy we get, we must remember that our first priority needs to be in self care. Self care includes: fueling our bodies with the proper nutrition, exercising our bodies for optimal performance, and resting our bodies with enough sleeping time so we are refueled and energized to take on the days that lie ahead.
From my own personal experience I would like to share how I unwind, get to sleep, and stay asleep with my top 5 tips!
Here are some quick ways to improve your sleeping habits:
Stretch before bed! Relaxing your muscles after a long day can help you feel more comfortable when you start going to sleep. This will help you fall asleep faster and wake up feeling less stiff. And let's face it - the less tossing and turning you do, the better!
Use lavender oil! Diffusing lavender essential oils (always premium grade) or applying to the bottoms of your feet can be really beneficial to relaxing your mind and body before bed. It's basically a magical way to guarantee a great night of sleep.
Turn off the TV! Before falling asleep, turn off the TV and try reading a book instead. The visual stimulation from a TV screen can make it more challenging for your brain to relax. If you can’t fall asleep in a quiet room, try a sound machine or a white noise playlist.
Put away your phone! This is the big one. Much like the TV, your phone stimulates your brain to stay awake. Set your alarm, put down the phone, and read a book, listen to some music, or just relax your mind. Scrolling Instagram right before you fall asleep almost guarantees a worse night of sleep. It also might get you off track of going to be on time. We all know how caught up we can get on the IG.
Treat your bed only as a bed! Don’t spend unnecessary time in your bed! Keep it as a place that you sleep, and only a place that you sleep. Invest in it - you’re spending 8 hours here a day. Buy top quality sheets and a comforter and pillow that you love!
Here’s the biggest one: make sleep a priority! While some weeks are busier than others, when you have the opportunity to get a full 8-10 hours of sleep, do it! “Catching up” on sleep doesn’t exist - pulling an all-nighter can not be replaced by a few extra hours the next night.
So here is your checklist:
___ turn off the tv
___ turn off the phone or set to do not disturb
___ do some light full body stretching
___ get into bed and rub some lavender oil on those feet.
___ snuggle into your comfy pillow and soft sheets and let the Zzzzzz happen.
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