In honor of Sleep Awareness Week, I thought I’d take some time to talk about sleep. As adults, it’s something we should be getting at least 8 hours of. But with so many things on our to-do lists every day, it can be tough to make sure we’re getting the sleep we need.
Here are five ways to help you get a better night’s sleep.
Establish a Nighttime Routine
Establishing a nighttime routine is so important! This helps train your body that it’s time to wind down and get ready for resting. For me, it’s brushing my teeth, checking the lights are off/doors are locked, and giving myself a few minutes to do one last scroll through social media. I usually set an alarm for about 45 minutes before I want to get into bed as a “warning” to finish up what I’m doing and get ready to start my standard routine. It helps so much!
Lower Your Thermostat
My thermostat usually sits at the same comfortable temperature for me, all day and all night. But over the past month I’ve been dropping it about two degrees at night (its recommended to turn your thermostat somewhere between 65 and 75 degrees), and let me tell you, it’s been wonderful! There’s just something about snuggling up into all of the blankets that really sets the scene for sleep!
Get Rid of Distractions
Ditch your phone and TV when it’s time for bed. Those bright lights won’t help your rest! In fact, they suppress melatonin, which is what helps you sleep! I’m a big fan of relaxing music at bedtime, but sometimes find myself singing along instead of going to sleep. When that happens, off the radio goes, and I’m able to get to sleep much easier!
Invest In Your Bed
Most of the time when shopping for things, we tend to go for the bargain, and this goes for things like mattresses, sheets, and pillows too. But think about it. If you’re getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep, you’re spending as much time in bed as you likely are at your desk during the work day (approximately)! Investing in a comfortable and supportive mattress and bedding will be something you won’t regret. They’ll result in a great night’s sleep AND a lower chance of any back problems down the line.
Stick to a Sleep Schedule
This is the toughest one for me, but something I’m trying to work on. Being consistent with your sleep pattern really helps your body with getting better sleep. If you can aim to get to sleep at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning, you’ll . The toughest part for me, is staying consistent on the weekends when I want to stay up, and then sleep in forever. My body still wants me up earlier in the morning, so then I’ll end up sleeping even less on the weekends at times.
So tell me, what do YOU do to get a good night’s sleep?