I throw wishes into the night and wait for the stars to catch them.
The importance of a good night’s sleep to wake up feeling refreshed is so essential for our physical and mental health. Sleep helps us to be more productive and maintains our immune system. There are so many strategies to try and help with sleep troubles, but they can be very overwhelming when we don’t know where to start and we’re so….exhausted. When I’ve felt the most depleted and sleep deprived, I’ve found most success taking it slow and making small changes toward better sleep habits. I’ve faced my fair share of sleep challenges over the years, and today I’m sharing my best tips on how to sleep better to help us all rest and recharge every evening.
11 Best Tips for How to Sleep Better
Create a comfortable sleep environment
Comfort is key, so an essential tip to include is to make your bedroom a comfortable, safe, and relaxed space. This can be so simple as investing in a high quality mattress and pillows or choosing bedding that’s just right for you. Making sure the room you’ll be sleeping in is maximizing comfort will be sure to help improve your sleeping habits.
Avoid light disruptions
Having too much light exposed into your room can throw off your sleep and the patterns our bodies follow while we’re sleeping. Blackout curtains might just be your new best friend! If you’re wanting to try blackout curtains but are nervous about the investment, you can try using a sleeping eye mask to block your eyes from any light peaking through.
Get up and get moving! Did you know that participating in even just 10 minutes of exercises a day, like walking and biking, can improve your sleep? Giving your body that time to workout helps to reduce any stress you may be feeling, which in turn will help your body calm down for bedtime.
Find the perfect room temperature
I find myself having trouble falling asleep at night from simply focusing too much on the temperature of my room. It’s important to not let this become a distraction at night! It’s been proven that cooler temperatures support better sleep habits, so try lowering the temperature of your room and let that cooler air work it’s magic.
Use essential oils or other calming aromas
I love experimenting with different aromas at night to find the ones that work best for me. Lavender has been proven to be soothing and relaxing before bed. Pop a few drops in your diffuser and inhale those calming aromas!
Optimize your sleep schedule
I’ve found so much success in taking control of my own sleep schedule. Taking control by waking up at similar times every day and being so careful with the amount of sleep I get has helped me so much to improve my sleep habits. Did you know there’s such a thing as too much sleep?
Sleep on your back
While sleeping on your back isn’t the only option, it seems to be the healthiest not only for better sleeping habits but for back health. If you are a side sleeper, make sure to not be too scrunched up to avoid bad back problems later on in life.
Monitor caffeine intake
To all my fellow coffee and tea lovers out there, caffeinated drinks are proven to disrupt productive sleeping so it’s important to limit the amount we consume. I’ve been trying to watch how much caffeine I have before lunch time and try to be mindful of any caffeine intake after that. Try avoiding caffeine later in the day to not let it be in the way of your precious beauty sleep. Decaffeinated coffees, teas, and sodas are always an option!
Use a white noise machine or fan
If you’re finding that thoughts are constantly rolling through your head at night, try using a white noise machine (or fan) to block out any distracting sounds. I also have found that even when I wake up in the middle of the night, it’s so much easier for me to fall asleep if I’m listening to white noise.
Follow a pre-bedtime routine
Creating a consistent bedtime routine will let your mind and body know that it’s time to go to bed soon. I have a night time routine that I follow every night including lowering lights and trying to disconnect from screens as much as possible. Reading before bedtime is also a great way to wind down.
Practice relaxation techniques
Regularly practicing different breathing techniques and meditation helps to release any physical or mental tension you’re still feeling at night. Focus on your breathing patterns through rotations of inhales and exhales or follow guided imagery meditations to reduce any stress and promote better sleep.
I’d love to hear your best tips on how to sleep better, too. Share them all with us in the comments below, and tell us which tips above you want to try as a new part of your sleep routine.