Some nights I just can’t fall asleep, and when I do, it’s hard to shut off my brain. I’m easily consumed by everything I need to get done the next day. Whether I’m staying up too late to watch Scandal or I’m answering e-mails in bed, I’ve learned that I have to create better bedtime habits. The smallest changes can make a huge difference in the way you sleep. Here are 8 ways to sleep better tonight.
1. Get a great workout in, but not before bed – I always get a great night’s sleep the day of a workout. The key is listening to your body and going to bed early.
2. Turn off all technology an hour before bed – This is really hard for me, and a lot of people I think, but it’s amazing how much time can pass when you’re on your phone. It’s hard to slow down and rest when you’re actively using technology before bed.
3. Establish a bedtime routine – We’re creatures of habit. Creating a routine before bed helps both your mind and body for a night’s rest.
4. Enjoy a hot cup of caffeine-free tea – This falls into a bedtime routine, but a warm cup of tea (or milk) just soothes the soul.
5. Spritz your pillow with lavender and chamomile – I love this spray and use it every night before bed. It’s wonderful.
6. Set a bed time and stick to it – Another tough one, but I try to be in bed no later than 10:30PM every night. Some nights I go to bed at 8:30PM and other nights it’s closer to 10:30PM. Either way, I try not to stay up past 10:30PM.
7. Use a white noise machine – My husband got me hooked on using a sound machine and I have to tell you, it’s amazing how much better you sleep when you use a sound machine. I always fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.
8. Wear an activity tracker to track your sleep patterns – Understanding how you sleep will help you to make changes throughout the day in order to sleep better at night. For me, I feel like I never stop working/thinking, so my brain never slows down. I’m an active dreamer and often dream about what I’ve spent the day working on or thinking about. Having time away from technology before bed is key for me and I’ve seen it reflected in my sleep pattern and through my activity tracker.
Nothing will ever compare to my “pre-kid sleep”, but I’ve learned to apply these 8 ways to sleep better tonight tips since having my daughter. I miss sleeping in, but I’ve learned to embrace going to bed earlier and turning off my phone. Sleep is so important and I can’t wait to get more of it… when Neal and I retire.
Do you have any tips for sleeping better?