Tips for Better Sleep

I remember the days when I could stay up until 3 a.m., but nowadays I can barely get myself to stay up until 11:30 at the latest. Some of my friends gawk at me when I say this, but my body just can’t do it anymore. Now that I’m officially out of graduation mode and working every day of the week, getting a good night of sleep is so important to me. After many nights of tossing and turning and having to wake up feeling restless, I knew I had to make effective changes to my bedtime routine and I think I’ve got this sleeping thing under control. Without further ado, here are ways to catch some major z’s.

SAY BYE TO TECHNOLOGY

Technology doesn’t mesh well with sleep. I know you probably hear this all the time, but it’s absolutely true. The blue light from your phone, tablet, or whatever device you use can negatively affect your melatonin levels and tell your body to stay awake. At least two hours before I go to bed, I completely detach myself from my phone. Not only does it help with sleep, it also gives me a break from possibly scrolling through social media feeds and checking work emails out of habit.

SMELL YOUR WAY TO SLEEP

Aromatherapy is helpful as well. It’s a form of alternative medicine that uses natural oils to balance the mind and body. I brought a diffuser and lavender oil (it’s proven to help with anxiety and stress), which I have invade my room once I’m getting ready to go to bed. It gets me in a relaxed mood and keeps me from thinking about a million things at once. There are many oils out there, so it’s all about finding what works best for you. Results may not be the same for everyone, but it’s could be worth a try.

COMFORT IS WHERE IT’S AT

Wear comfortable clothes that practically scream to your body that it needs to shut down for the night. If super tight clothing is the way to go for you, do that. But if not, don’t! For me, I need to wear pajamas that aren’t too restricting. Sometimes I’ll wear my fuzzy socks to get that extra cozy feeling.

DE-STRESS

Taking any sort of stress to bed with you is a HUGE no! This can be easier said than done, but do whatever you need to do to help ease that burden. Whether it’s drawing, journaling or reading a good book, find your de-stress zone.

-Carine

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