When it comes to my sleep, I don’t like making compromises. I’d much rather go to bed early than stay late. What can I say, sleep is essential to me. So today I’m sharing my 5 practical tips for sleeping better.
One of the main reasons I value my sleep so much is because I don’t like feeling tired the following day and having to reach for multiple cups of coffee. Another thing I noticed is I’m more likely to reach for sugary, unhealthy treats when I’m looking for a quick energy boost.
Although going to bed early wasn’t always a priority for me. Back in my early 20s, I was able to sleep for a few hours a night and feel perfectly fine the next day. Well, things change, don’t they? The older I get, the more I understand the importance of getting a good night’s sleep.
5 PRACTICAL TIPS FOR SLEEPING BETTER
Unplugging is probably the most difficult one for me. I tend to lay in bed and reach for my phone to check every notification I get, which is not ideal. What I ended up doing is turning on the “Do Not Disturb” setting on my phone. This way, I don’t get notified about calls, notifications, and messages until the morning. On top of that, I’m not constantly distracted by my phone when I’m trying to fall asleep.
Removing all electronic distractions from your bedroom is the best way to unplug.
2. Set a sleep schedule
Out of my 5 practical tips for sleeping better, setting a sleeping schedule is the most important one for me. I noticed that when I go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning helps me fall asleep faster. It’s also a lot easier for me to wake up in the morning and start my day.
Going to sleep at the same time every night reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycle.
3. Limit caffeine
I noticed a huge difference in my sleep when I reduced the amount of coffee I drink throughout the day. I will make myself a cup of coffee in the morning, but in the afternoon and the evening, I will usually drink tea. Fresh mint tea is my preferred tea in the afternoon. It’s very refreshing and great for digestion. Then in the evening, I will usually choose chamomile tea because it’s calming and light.
The optimal temperature for a good night sleep is between 60 and 67 degrees. Therefore keeping the bedroom nice and cool actually promotes better sleep. According to research, whenever we go to sleep our internal body thermostat drops which induces sleep.
The bedroom should be nice and cool.
5. Essential oils
I love adding a few drops of lavender essential oil in the diffuser before I go to bed. It smells fantastic. It relaxes me and helps me sleep better. Lavender tends to relax the mind and body and improve overall sleep.
What helps you sleep better?