Late nights don’t treat you right. You need SLEEP. If you’re struggling to get your Zzz’s in, then check out these 3 tips to sleep better tonight.
Did you know that your body needs sleep? Shocking, right? You’d think that lying down and watching T.V. would be enough rest but… nope. You actually need to be sleeping for your body to fully rest and recover. 😉 I know I’m not the only one who sacrifices my sleep just to scroll through my Instagram feed, right? Maybe in your case it’s not Instagram that’s getting to you, maybe it’s Netflix or Facebook. I know it can be hard to disconnect from technology, but… it’s also hard to drag yourself out of bed in the morning when you’re running on only three hours of sleep.
Let’s face it. Coffee might give us a boost, but in the long run we need more than just a few shots of espresso to keep us going. We need to get more sleep. I know this is easier said than done, but the key to change is developing new habits. Let’s take a look at these 3 tips to sleep better tonight.
1. Turn It Off
Like I said, it’s hard to go to sleep when your Instagram or Twitter feed is always going off. It’s been proven that electronics (cell phones, computers, etc.) cause so many of us to lose those precious sleeping hours, so turn off your electronics before bed and see how your sleeping improves. Also, if you want to take this a step further, set a certain time that you just unplug. Maybe by 9:00 P.M. your phone, laptop, tablet, or any other devices you have are put away. Instead of falling asleep watching YouTube videos, purpose to disconnect and reflect on your day. Spend time in meditation, prayer, reading, or journaling. These are much better ways to prepare for bed.
2. Dark Is Better
It’s hard falling asleep when there are lights on. To maximize your time of sleep, try to make the room as dark as possible. Make yourself fall asleep more quickly and get a deeper sleep by wearing a sleeping mask. You can also shut your bedroom door, close the blinds, and cover any irritating lights. I always turn my alarm clock to face the wall because the light really bothers me. 😉 Personally, of all 3 tips to sleep better tonight, this is the most important one to me.
3. Cool and Comfortable
The last of these 3 tips to sleep better tonight, is one of my favorites. Feeling snug and cozy is one of the best things on this planet. There’s nothing else like a comfortable bed after a long day. When you’re getting ready to go to sleep, lower the temperature in your bedroom to make it cooler. Temperature affects your sleep, so try to keep your room cooled at night by setting your air conditioner to 60°-65°F.
Once you’ve got the temperature down, make your bed as comfortable as possible. Use clean, soft sheets at night, to help yourself wind down and get mentally prepared to sleep.
It has been a proven fact that using certain scents at night help you to sleep deeply and wake up rested. Lighting candles or incense may greatly help you to sleep better. One of the best scents to use is lavender, which has been tested to greatly increase relaxation. However, if you’re concerned about leaving candles lit at night, use an essential oil diffuser instead. I need to get one of these for myself! I went over to my friend’s house the other day and her house smelled amazing. She had a lemon essential oil in her diffuser and it was so refreshing. She also told me that essential oils are supposed to kill bacteria, so they’re great to diffuse during the fall/winter months, or whenever a sickness is going around. It’s amazing how simple it is to use, and in the long run it’s probably a better bargain than buying candles and incense since the essential oils last quite a while. Diffusers can range in price from around $20.00 – $80.00. I can’t personally vouch for a specific diffuser, but the Young Living diffuser is the one my friend uses, and she loves it.
There you have it! These 3 Tips to Sleep Better Tonight should help you sleep better and feel rested. If you found this post helpful, would you please share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or anywhere you want. 😉
Question of the Day: What is your best tip for sleeping better?