“Sleep has been provided by nature to do the body’s healing work, and it takes seven or eight hours for this process to happen. Commit to getting at least seven to eight hours of good quality sleep every night to keep your body and hormones in balance.” – Suzanne Somers
There was a point in my life when getting just wasn’t a necessity. I’d been preached at for years about the importance of sleep when it comes to the overall rest and restoration of the body, but I didn’t truly understand until my body chose to take the reins. I reached a point where I was too burnt out and exhausted to keep my eyes open during one of the most important exams of my life.
A lesson I’ll never forget.
A good night’s sleep is an important foundation for a healthier and happier lifestyle, but it is not always so easy to come by, especially for the busy-bees of the world. If you struggle to fall asleep each night and find yourself waking up exhausted in the morning, you’re not alone. When most people think about health, they focus on eating right and staying active, but sleep is an essential key to overall health that is often overlooked.
I’ve come up with a few tips on how to create a better sleep routine so grab a pillow, relax, and keep reading to discover more:
1. Follow Healthy Habits Throughout The Day
Good sleep starts during the day. Taking some time during the day to exercise and stay active consistently can do wonders for a solid night’s rest, but be sure to avoid being active too close to your bedtime. While I love power naps, I make sure to nap early during the day and for no longer than 30 minutes. If you nap for too long during a time that is close to your bedtime, it could derail your sleep schedule and make it harder to fall asleep.
Note: I know I’m not the only one that has decided to “rest my eyes” close to my bedtime only to find myself wide awake and staring at the ceiling at 1AM
2. Stick To A Sleep Schedule
Everyone’s body has an internal clock and going to bed and waking up at the same time everyday can vastly improve your quality of sleep. Try to allocate at least 7 hours each night for a good night’s rest, and don’t forget to stick with your sleep schedule even on the weekends!
3. Be Conscious Of What You Eat And Drink
Try to avoid nicotine, alcohol, and caffeine before you sleep as their effects can take hours to wear off, making it harder to get quality sleep. Avoid going to bed hungry or overstuffed as well as eating too close to bedtime as this can cause discomfort during the night and keep you awake.
4. Create The Perfect Bedroom Vibes
I love keeping my bedroom dark, peaceful, and quiet. It’s important to choose comfortable and high-quality bedding, mattresses, and pillows to ensure you can snuggle in serenity. I also follow a predictable evening ritual before bedtime.
First, I close my blinds and pull down my darkening shades. Then I make sure to unplug from my electronics at least an hour before bed to avoid disruptive harsh lights. My himalayan salt lamp adds a touch of soft light that allows me to feel more relaxed and calm. I will then unwind with a book, a bath, calming music, or any relaxing activities that signal to my body that it is time to hit the hay.
5. Patience And Persistence Is Key!
While success in your new sleep routine might not happen overnight, taking little steps each night to improve your quality of sleep can lead to a healthier lifestyle with benefits that will last a lifetime.
So, rest well tonight for a brighter tomorrow!
Be good to yourselves. Much Love.
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