Sleep is one of the most important parts of self-care. When we don’t sleep well, we’re cranky, we don’t function as well, and obviously, we’re tired. Sometimes life happens, and we just end up getting to bed later than we should. Sometimes we have rough weeks at work that require late nights and early mornings.
And sometimes we just have bad sleep habits.
Not getting a full 8-10 hours of sleep on a consistent basis can really mess with you in more ways than one. When you’ve slept well, your mind truly has a chance to rest and reset for the next day. You feel energized and ready to face the day. It can even help you lose weight, improve your concentration, and eat fewer calories.
It can be difficult to quiet our minds for a night of rest, but here a few ways to get started:
- Eliminate electronic devices. We are so used to having our devices next to us that putting them down for an extended period of time can be harder than it seems. Consider taking the TV out of your bedroom and turning off or turning your devices on silent about 30 minutes before you go to bed. It’s so easy to hear a sound or a vibration and roll over and look at it, but it’s impacting your ability to get to sleep more than you think.
- Create the perfect environment. If you’re not comfortable, you won’t sleep well. Maybe it’s time to upgrade your mattress. Get some pillows that are comfortable. Make the room dark. A cool climate is best for sleeping, but that may not work for you. Try different things to see what helps you sleep best.
- Consider a sleep meditation. So even though I suggested eliminating electronic devices, you may want to try a mediation app. I use Insight Timer and I love it. Find a meditation that guides you to sleep.
- Track your sleep. Fitness or wellness trackers can chart your sleep. You’ll see how many times you were awake, how restless you were, and how much total sleep you got for the night. Examine your sleep patterns for 30 days and see if there’s anything you could be doing differently.
Slip into your PJs, tell yourself to relax and start getting the sleep you deserve. Leave your suggestions for how you get better sleep in the comments below!