A great night of sleep is one of my favorite things in the entire world, but it can be so hard to attain on a regular basis. There are so many things that can keep us from getting the sleep we need, from stress and anxiety to unhealthy habits and digital distractions (I’m looking at you, email notifications). Getting a proper night’s sleep is super important though, and it’s something that we should all make a priority. I’ve found that making some small changes to my nightly routine has helped create healthier habits that promote better sleep.
- Stop drinking caffeine at least 6 hours before you plan on going to bed
- About an hour before bed, dim the lights or turn a few lamps off so your lighting isn’t as bright
- Turn off your electronics in the evening, and instead opt for some light reading
- Do a bit of gentle stretching or yoga before bed, along with some slow breathing exercises
- Don’t eat a big, heavy meal late in the day. Instead, have a light meal a couple hours before bed so your body is trying to digest a bunch of food while you’re trying to sleep
- Create a simple routine that you stick to every night. That way, when you start the routine, your body will know it’s time for bed
- Keep your bedroom slightly cold at night – this will help you sleep better because it allows you to cuddle up under the covers without feeling hot and sweaty all night
- Drink lots of water throughout the day so you stay nice and hydrated, but stop drinking about an hour or two before bed so you don’t wake up all throughout the night having to go to the bathroom
- Write all of your thoughts and to-do’s for the next day down on a piece of paper each night before bed so you’ll be less likely to dwell on them when you’re trying to fall asleep
- When you first get into bed, focus on relaxing each muscle from your head to your feet
- Before falling asleep, make sure to turn your phone on “do not disturb” mode so you won’t get startled awake in the middle of the night by random emails and notifications
What are your nighttime habits to ensure you get a good night’s sleep?