Falling short on sleep? A lot of us aren’t getting a restful night’s sleep- including me. So I have pledged that 2019 is going to be the year of sleep optimization…for me anyway. My coworkers and I typically drag ourselves to work and on occasion list off all the ways we are struggling to get a good night’s sleep.
From waking up in the middle of the night, to not being able to fall asleep, to being a night owl who wants to stretch all the “me time” out of the night. Not to mention kids who wake us up too. It’s a never-ending battle with the sleep monsters. So, this year let’s get it together when it comes to our sleep.
If your wellness or health goal is to get some more sleep, let’s find some tried and tested ways to do just that.
1. Get More Exercise
We’ve all got lofty resolutions to exercise more, or to lose weight this year and it is hands down one of the best ways to get a good night’s sleep. Not only will it help you sleep better not only because you’re just plain exhausted from that spin class but it might also ward off the dreaded Alzheimers too. No time for a gym membership, workout at home. There are tons of apps and home workout gear like these bands.
2. Put The Tech Away
I know it’s hard to do but unless you’re using your phone for meditation purposes to fall asleep – keep it out of your bed. If the TV is in your room too, you might want to consider removing it too. Staying up to watch one more show isn’t helping your sleep routine much.
3. Set The Mood
Is your room too hot, is it too cold? If you’re room is too hot or too cold, you’re going to struggle to stay asleep. Kicking the covers off mid-sleep to get cool and comfortable interrupts your sleep. If you can’t fix the heat- great! If you can’t, try adding a humidifier to moisten the air a bit. I’ve recently tried this essential oil humidifier/diffuser. It’s great for aromatherapy and keeping my sinuses in check.
4. Update The Boudoir
When was the last time you switched around your mattress or even bought a new
5. Set Earlier Bedtimes
Early bedtimes are not just for kids but for adults too. I’ve recently decided my weekly bedtime is 9:30pm which means by 9pm, I’m in my pj’s snuggled into bed winding down for that 9:30 shut eye. It’s amazing how much energy and how focused I am the next day.
6. If All Else Fails
If you really have a hard time falling asleep, melatonin in the form of pills might also help. It’s the closest thing to the real chemicals in our bodies designed to be our natural sleep aide. This sleep supplement is sold over-the-counter making it safe for most of us to use. Just remember to take it a few hours before bedtime and not minutes. It does take a while to work.
Do you have any sleep tips to share?