At the start of the year, I became very aware of my sleep, or lack thereof. I wanted to know how to get good sleep. Better sleep. What are some tips to sleep better?!
Because of issues with my thyroid, I already tend to feel a little sluggish even when I get a good night’s sleep, but I was waking up several times throughout the night and not feeling like I was falling into a deep sleep. I started making some changes.
I got a Fitbit Charge 3 for my birthday to help me get a better handle on the quality of my sleep. This is incredibly helpful! I am a big fan of fitness trackers and find them very motivating overall, so if you want to keep track of your activity and sleep the Fitbit Charge 3 is a great choice.
Even if you don’t want to purchase a device, here are 4 things that you can start doing soon to get a better night’s sleep.
#1. Move your phone out of reach.
You can keep it in your room, but you have to move it out of your reach. How many times have you laid down to go to bed only to be sucked in to Instagram or some other blackhole for another hour? In addition to taking away from our cumulative hours of sleep, the blue light from our phones negatively impacts our sleep. It’s recommended that we stop using blue light devices 2–3 hours prior to bed time.
For me, this has made the most significant difference in my sleep quality. If you try any of these suggestions, I hope you start with this one. It’s the easiest to do and has the most benefits (in my opinion).
#2. Spray some lavender on your pillow.
This has been studied and shown in some cases to help with sleep quality. I use a lavender spray and Bath and Body Works has a variety of pillow mists that are pretty great too. I find that it does help me wind down, and if you’re struggling to do so at the end of the day, it’s worth a shot.
#3. Find a routine.
I try to follow the same routine every night, at the same time: floss and brush my teeth, wash my face, apply magical fountain of youth serums, write in my journal, and read if I have enough energy.
I think it’s okay if you don’t follow the exact same sequence every night, but more important to start your routine and go to bed around the same time.
Before bed, I do a few different things to relax. This will be personal to you. If you’re anything like me, sometimes you find it very hard to quiet your mind. Sometimes reading is enough to knock me out, but not always. Of late, I’ve been more stressed than usual and my friends recommended I try CBD chews — they actually sent me some because they’re sweet like that. I’ve been taking two chews before I start reading and they definitely help. If you’re having trouble turning your mind off at the end of the day they’re worth a shot.
What do you do to help improve your sleep quality?
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