Use these super simple tips for getting a restful night’s sleep.
*Casper, a sleep startup company, asked me to share my thoughts on sleep. All thoughts and opinions are my own, of course.
I admit, I used to be one of those people who said things like, “I can sleep when I’m dead.” Then proceed to stay up until I saw the sunrise. (nothing good is happening when you’re staying up until the sun rises).
Now…not so much. If I don’t get at least eight hours of sleep, I feel like a monster. I don’t have energy, I get a headache, I’m puffy, I have dark circles under my eyes, I can’t concentrate, I crave carbs and sweets and I’m moody. Hello 30’s!
Sleep is obviously a lot more important to me these days. The BF even teases me because I don’t like going out and staying out late, and I like going to bed early. But when I go to be early, I wake up as a normal human being and not a monster.
One of the things that helps me get a good night’s sleep is having a bedtime routine. Creating a bedtime routine has really helped me sleep more soundly! On nights I don’t sleep well, it’s because I didn’t take the time to unwind, relax and do these simple things to prepare my body for rest.
Drink hot tea or Calm – In the fall and winter, I have a cup of Traditional Medicinals Nighty Night Tea. In warmer months, I’ll have a glass of water with Calm mixed in. Just the ritual of drinking tea or Calm helps me wind down.
Use essential oils – I love using calming essential oils before I go to bed. The smell is just so relaxing, and certain oils can help promote sleep. I like to use Young Living Peace and Calming Blend or Lavender. I diffuse them all night in my Desert Mist Diffuser. I also use a supplement by Young Living called SleepEssence, which contain therapeutic grade essential oils that have sleep enhancing properties. If you’d like to learn more about essential oils or purchase Young Living oils, go here.
Read – This helps me fall asleep in minutes most of the time! I’ve actually gotten out of the habit of reading at night, and lately I’ve been looking at Snapchat stories before bed. Ugh! I need to break that habit. I do turn down the brightness of my screen when I look at my phone before bed, but it’s still harder to fall asleep after looking at a screen. I’m making a commitment right now to get back to reading and put away my phone!
Make a to do list – One of the things that keeps me up at night is going over all the things I have to do the next day. If I’m feeling anxious or overwhelmed by my mind’s to do list, I write everything down. Then I know that I will remember it, and I can let it go until morning.
Meditate – This is my favorite! Lately, I’ve been practicing meditation in bed using guided meditations. It really helps me to let go of all the things that happened throughout the day and let go of what is to come the next day, and just breath and be present. Sometimes I get so relaxed that I fall asleep ; ) You find the best meditation apps here.
Here are some other tips that Casper recently put together. With comfy sleep products being their forte, they understand how important a good night sleep is for a productive day — something we all want!
What is your biggest sleep problem?