Catching some Zs, getting some shuteye, counting sheep—whatever your terminology, we all need ourselves some sleep! And not just any ol’ sleep, quality sleep that will allow us to tackle all the things that crowd our calendars and to-do lists every day.
It’s not always easy to ensure that you’ll get what you need. Your children might wake you up too early or your partner’s snoring might keep you awake when all you want to do it sleep, and let’s not forget about the anxiety of life and your own imagination getting the best of you! But there are a few things you can do to help take matters into your own hands, and our contributor, Jenna Wohlwend, is here with some great tips.
Drink plenty of water and cut yourself off by 8 p.m.
You always need to stay hydrated, but if you drink until late in the night, you’ll find yourself waking up more times than necessary to use the bathroom. This interruption can cause some chaos in your sleep pattern and it is easy to maintain simply by cutting off your water and non-caffeinated tea intake by 8 p.m. If you work and eat late, try 9 p.m. Everyone’s schedules are different, but just assess what works for you and stick to it!
Turn off all electronics 1 hour before lights out
That dull light and lazy click of the remote followed by “just one more episode” will send you spiraling. It’s not good for you and shutting down all electronics and stopping your swiping for the day will allow your mind to wind down.
Also, tossing your phone aside will keep you less distracted from your significant other, and that might be another great way to help you fall asleep (wink, wink).
Read before bed
Reading is a wonderful way to get your body into a restful state and it can make your eyes naturally get tired. Not to mention, reading can also help with anxiety, which is another factor that can contribute to poor sleep.
Stick with a routine
Try to go to bed at the same time every night, at the very least during the weekdays. Also, make sure you set up a routine like brushing your teeth, skincare, meditating and reading. Your body will start to respond to this habit and take it as a queue to get into that sleepy-time mode.
Invest in a quality mattress and bedding
You should wake up feeling restful and not with additional aches and pains from the night. When your mattress is supportive and your bedding cozy (and with materials sans allergens), it adds to the appeal of crawling into the sheets, which is also a wonderful way to promote a healthy sleep cycle. We spend a third of our lives in our beds, we might as well make it a worthwhile place to spend so much time.
Write a to-do list down for the next day
Write down a list of all you need to accomplish the next day and a short list of what you need to get done for the week. This will allow those tossing and turning nights to diminish because you already crossed your Ts and dotted your Is to the best of your ability.
Leave yourself something yummy in the fridge for the morning
It’s best to not press snooze a thousand times when you first wake up. Instead, get out of bed ready to start the day right away—and not groggy from an unhealthy pattern of smacking your phone and dozing in and out. A trick? Make your favorite smoothie or get everything ready for a delicious breakfast burrito you can make easily to get you excited about starting the day. (Talk about hopping out on the right side of the bed!)
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