If you are anything like me, you know that your sleep is precious and essential to your wellbeing. From sneaking in a quick nap to getting those 8+ hours of shut-eye, sleep is a beautiful element of life – one that we all want to get, but that is sometimes easier said than done. Here are 8 Foolproof ways that I have personally used to get the best night of sleep!
- Take your sleep seriously – This is my number one and most important tip that I can provide to you. As a college student, sleep can be taken as a joke. Some students take too much pride in pulling all-nighters and fail to realize that sleep is an essential step in the learning process. When we sleep, our bodies rest and our brain process the information that we study and learn. When you take your sleep seriously, you are taking your health and wellbeing seriously.
- Go to bed at a reasonable time – If you want to improve your sleep, you need to get enough sleep. In order to do so, you need to go to sleep at a reasonable time and shutdown that habit of being a night owl. Schedule a bedtime every night and stay loyal to it. When we go to sleep at a reasonable time, you will get enough sleep and feel brand new each and every morning.
- Don’t exercise before bed – Though we are all trying to look like a snack (or a five-course meal), we need to schedule our workouts way before our bedtime. Working out before bed makes our bodies is too much for our bodies and does not give it time to calm down after a stressful and lengthy workout. Schedule workouts earlier in the day to give your body time to recover and get you a better night of sleep.
- Get Off Your Phone! – If you are trying to improve your sleep, you need to cut your screen time. CUT IT! Get off of your phone and turn the television off. Screens are a distraction and will affect your sleep. Turn the screens off 30-60 minutes before bedtime and supplement your screen time with another activity, such as stretching or reading.
- Stretch – This is a great way to improving sleep. Stretching helps to relieve the pressure off of your joints and allows your body to feel less tense. Create a stretching routine catered to your needs that you can do every night before bed and allow yourself to go to bed feeling more relaxed and reading to sleep.
- Track Your Sleep – This is my favorite thing about improving sleep. I am a firm believer that we should all know our sleep patterns and track them for analyzes – whether is using a bullet journal or using the Sleep Cycle App. Tracking your sleep will lead to a more productive and better night of sleep.
- Read A Book – If you want a better night of sleep or if you are trying to improve your sleep, reading a book is a great way to do so. Pick up a book that you will enjoy to dive in to and read for 30-60 minutes before you hit the hay. Whether it is a coloring book, a fictional book, a picture book or the New York Times Best Seller, whatever you choose to do, keep it screen-free!
- Self-Care Before Bed – Self-Care is a great practice for all of us to embark on and doing so before bedtime is a great way to prepare yourself a great night of sleep. Treat Yo Self to a facemask or a nice bubble bath. Light a candle and read a book. Spend your last minutes of the day loving yourself!
I hope that these tips are helpful and will aid you in having a wonderful night of sleep. Get some zzzs and don’t forget to…
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