As I’ve gotten older, sleep has become so much more important to me. I feel like all adults can attest to this, whether you have kids or not. What’s so funny about this is that when we’re in our teens and twenties, having a good night means staying out until the wee hours of the morning and partying all over town. Nowadays we’re happy to just turn in early and relax in bed while catching up on shows or scrolling through Pinterest. Tell me I’m not the only one!
One of my favorite times of the day is settling in for the night, but there’s nothing worse than tossing and turning all night. I feel like over the years, I’ve gotten a few key tools under my belt to ensure that I can sleep well at night and wake up refreshed and energized. So here are 10 ways to have a better night!
1.Make your bed in the morning
Climbing into bed after a long day is much more enjoyable when the bed is neatly made. I used to leave the sheets all crumpled when I’d get up in the morning and always ended up having to re-make it right before bed so that I could even get into it. Plus keeping the bed made and your pillows and sheets covered helps keep dust and pet hair off so your bed stays cleaner!
2. Take a warm shower or bubble bath
I have been a night shower person pretty much my whole life. I just prefer to go to bed clean, especially when I work out during the day or in the summer when I get sweatier than usual and am outside more. Apart from liking to go to bed clean, taking a warm shower at night and slipping into some comfy pajamas is one of the best feelings in the world. It really helps relax and calm me and put me in a “bedtime” state of mind. I don’t have a very big bathtub so I never take bubble baths unfortunately, but if you do, definitely take advantage of it! Pop in a bath bomb, light a candle, have a drink, read a book, whatever floats your boat! Relaxing in some warm water is a great way to wind down and calm your body and mind.
3. Eat a healthy snack
I don’t know about you, but I cannot fall asleep if my tummy is growling. I don’t have a regular problem with this, but here and there I need to have a little snack later in the evening. Try not to eat right before laying down to go to sleep, but an hour or two before brushing your teeth will help keep your belly satisfied. Stay away from anything super sugary, greasy, high fat, etc. It’ll sit like a rock in your stomach and since your body won’t have a chance to be active and burn it off, it’ll get converted to fat much more easily. Try a banana, greek yogurt, apple slices with peanut butter, or a handful of almonds and a cheese stick.
I know this is probably common sense, but lavender is such a great tool for helping yourself get relaxed and sleepy. It can even help ease anxiety and insomnia. Try a lavender scented body wash or bubble bath for your shower or bath, burn a lavender scented candle in your bedroom, put some lavender scented lotion on, or put a few drops of lavender essential oil into a diffuser.
5. Keep the lights low
Same idea as when parents try to get their young baby on a schedule, lighting has a lot to do with sleep. During the day, we like lots of bright light because it helps us be more active and productive. It would make sense then that we need things darker in the evening when we’re getting ready to settle in for the night. Dimmer lights help signal to our brain that it’s time for relaxation and sleep. As the sun sets and the sky darkens, keep some warm lighting on in your home. That kind of “yellow” lighting is much more calming and relaxing than brighter, more white lights.
6. Catch up on your favorite show
I don’t watch much TV during the day because I’m usually busy doing other things, but watching some shows is one of my favorite ways to wind down in the evening. Whether it’s watching shows I’ve recorded on TV or catching up on my favorite YouTube vloggers. I try not to overdo it and cut off electronics at least half an hour before bed, otherwise I find myself feeling too wired.
7. Wear comfy pajamas
I mean obviously right? But really, if those pants are too snug, that shirt is a little scratchy, or whatever it may be you aren’t going to have a good night. I usually just end up in a comfy t-shirt and some loose shorts, because that’s what I’m most comfortable in. And I always sleep bra-less, because well, I hate sleeping with a bra on haha! However, if you have a soft, non-binding bralette or something, that’ll do as well. Really, the point is just to wear whatever makes you the most comfortable!
8. Keep your bedroom a little chilly
Did you know that the ideal sleeping temperature is 63°F? Humans sleep better when it’s cooler. I definitely find this to be true. I like to be warm and cozy under my blankets, but I have a terrible time sleeping when it’s too warm. Especially in the summer if it’s more humid and muggy. Try opening your bedroom windows a little to let in some cool night breeze, pop on your air conditioning or use a fan. No one likes to wake up entwined in blankets and all sweaty.
9. Read a book or listen to music
This kind of goes along with the electronics thing. Make sure to put away all electronics at least half an hour before laying down to actually fall asleep to help your brain calm down. Try reading a chapter of a book or listening to some relaxing music to help really ease you into falling asleep. I don’t know about you, but reading does the trick for me almost every single time!
10. Pray or Meditate
I like to end my evening with some complete quiet time. Doing some prayers and reflecting on my day. I like to lay in bed with my eyes closed and try to focus on relaxing each individual part of my body while taking concentrated deep and slow breaths. I try to let my mind go blank and just…be. I don’t really consider this meditating, but I suppose it is in a way. Whatever you call it, give yourself a few minutes to just reflect and do one last final relaxation before slipping into sleep.
There you have it! I’m always interested to see what other people do for their morning or evening routines. I guess it’s because I find so much comfort in routine and consistency. Even if you don’t try all 10, I hope these tips help you have a better night so that you can fall asleep and stay asleep more easily so you can wake up feeling unstoppable. A productive day starts with a restful night!
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday lovelies!! xoxo