Sleep seems to be the one thing that we can’t get enough of. I’m not sure about you, but for me, falling asleep and staying asleep can be really difficult. Sometimes, it’s because you haven’t prioritized getting a good night’s rest that night (some weeks, I really don’t do this enough!) or you can’t seem to shut your mind off when your head actually hits the pillow. As someone who has struggled with getting a quality night’s sleep her whole life, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite tricks for getting some quality zzz’s in.
- This one is pretty simple, but easily overlooked…make it a priority. We’re always searching for that 25th hour in a day, and unfortunately, we can keep searching forever and won’t find it. So, do everything you can accomplish in evening and then stop what you’re doing at 10 pm, regardless of where things stand. You can send those last two emails tomorrow or finish the episode you’re watching next weekend, but know that you’ll be able to be so much more productive if you’re well-rested and have a clear mind.
- Devices down. Admittedly, this one is definitely the most difficult. I typically switch to night time mode on my phone about an hour before going to bed, and then really do my best to keep it out of the bedroom. I’ll spend time on Insta/Pinterest/reading blogs on the couch, and even set my alarm for the next morning before getting into bed.
- Make your room a peaceful place. This is going to mean something different for everyone, but personally, I would recommend getting a diffuser and experimenting with essential oils. It makes my whole bedroom smell like a spa, and it’s so relaxing. I also am a big fan of lavender to help calm me down at night, and use lavender hand lotion at night before closing my eyes.
- Lastly, start your bedtime routine well before you even think about going to bed. This is more for nights that I’m really needing a good night’s sleep because it is a time commitment, but a well-drawn bath and some high quality bath salt is guaranteed to leave me waking up refreshed the next morning.