It seems like there are two different types of people. Those who have healthy sleep mastered, and those who haven’t.
I have to admit that I can definitely be in the second category.
With this whole “hustle” attitude everyone has lately as well (which is both good and bad), it seems like people are really neglecting healthy sleep.
Waking up an hour earlier than you do already may give you more time to be productive, but if you are completely exhausted by the middle of the day, is it really worth it?
Now, don’t get me wrong, some people aren’t wired to need a full 8 hours of sleep. But you are not one of those people if you are waking up completely exhausted, not refreshed, and trying to get up to go to the gym or get an extra hour of work in. You will be way less productive if you are starving yourself of the full sleep that you need.
Instead of starving yourself for sleep to be more productive, just get some really good sleep so that you are refreshed, rested, and your brain power is at 100%
And here’s some tips on how to get a good night’s sleep!
1. Blue Light Blocker
This is one that I can totally struggle with. You should really be careful about spending too much time on your phone, computer, or watching tv before bed. It basically wakes up your brain, which is not what you want when you are going to go to bed soon.
A few different options to solve this problem are:
- Be really disciplined about no screens like an hour before bed.
- Turn on a blue light filter on your electronics. I actually have one turned on my phone all the time to help with eye strain.
- Get some cute blue light glasses!
2. Bed Time Routine
If you have a good bed time routine, it helps to signal your brain that it’s time for bed. It’s like why bathing a baby every night before bed time may help to calm them down.
So if you don’t have a good bedtime routine already, here are some ideas to make your very own.
- Instead of watching tv, try reading a book.
- This is a great time to make a boss skin care routine too.
- Lightly pick up your bedroom.
- Do some night time yoga to relax your body.
- Meditate to relax your mind.
- Have a cup of herbal tea.
- Make a to do list for the next day.
- Take a bubble bath.
3. Essential Oils
There are a lot of essential oils that are great for calming to help with sleep. My favorites are Siberian Fir and Cederwood, and Serentiy.
You can also use oils like Balance, Frankincense, Lavender, Magnolia, Anchor, Vetiver, and Douglas Fir.
Turn on your diffuser 30 minutes before you go to bed so that the oils are already in the air!
I know this one can be a little bit more difficult, but really try and make a habit of going to bed at the same exact time every night. This is probably going to be the best thing you can do to improve your sleep!
5. No Sugar or Caffeine
This is another one I can struggle with. I eat later at night because when I don’t, I wake up hungry! But anything quick or easy is usually processed or full of sugar, which you really don’t want either before you go to bed.
Instead, try something wholesome like almond butter on whole grain bread, air popped popcorn, almonds or cashews, a hard boiled egg, or some veggies.
And, instead of drinking caffeine before bed, try some herbal tea!
I tend to flop around a bit on the healthy sleep habits and bad sleep habits spectrum. Sometimes I do awesome in all 5 areas, and sometimes I totally fall of the bandwagon!
Do you have healthy sleep habits? If so, tell me some of your tips too!