In an effort to get a bit more done each day, you are likely to skimp a bit on your sleep. Or, you may try to get the suggested 7 to 9 hours of shuteye each night, only to find that you toss and turn—or can’t stop worrying about your never ending to-do list. A lack of quality sleep results in reduced immunity, stress, irritability, and even aged skin. Turn to the tips below to get your best night’s sleep yet.
- Banish electronics from the bedroom, including laptop, TV, and smartphone. If your phone must come in with you, it must be on silent.
- Wind down at least 1 hour before bedtime. Drink chamomile tea, take a warm bath, listen to soothing music, meditate, or stretch.
- Upgrade your sleeping aides. Consider investing in an adjustable bed (for both firmness and elevation), soft sheets, new pillow, or heating/cooling pad.
- Make your bedroom more comfortable. Clear the clutter, accessorize in calming colors, add a soothing sound or white noise machine, adjust the temperature, add light blocking window treatments, and use aromatherapy.
- Invest In New Sleep Accessories. Invest in a sleep mask, body or knee pillow, ear plugs, snore aides, mouthguard or snore aide.
- Cut Back On Your Caffeine. Stop drinking caffeine by at least 2pm, so that it doesn’t keep you up at night.
- Create a Comfort Zone. Your bedroom is for two things, sleep and intimacy. Not for work, crafts, or anything stress inducing.
The tips above will help you to relax and unwind at bed time, so that you can wake feeling refreshed!