I’ve had trouble with sleeping since I was younger. It took me a very long time to fall asleep and the little sleep I got wasn’t really giving me any energy. After few years of paying attention to my sleeping habits I’ve learned a few things that make my sleep much better. Here’s a bunch of them:
Find out how many hours of sleep you need.
This is very important. For example I need around 7 hours while my friend needs almost 10. Adjust your bedtime to the of hours of sleep you need.
Are you a morning or night person?
Another important detail. Are you happier in the morning or in the evening? When are you the most productive? If you are a morning person, try to go to bed as early as possible and you can wake up early. Night people can stay awake longer and sleep longer in the morning. However, be careful because the sleep you get before midnight is the most important.
Get stuff ready for tomorrow.
An hour or so before bedtime I get stuff ready for the next day. I plan tomorrow and I put my books in the bag, I prepare an outfit, and make snacks and sometimes even lunch for the next day. All this makes me go to bed less stressed and sometimes even excited for the day ahead.
Two words: blue light… Screens aren’t very good for you or your eyes before bed because it makes you more awake. Try to turn everything off an hour before bed.
Reading before bed actually makes me sleepier and it’s a calm enough activity to slow you down bit.
Or try yoga. You loosen your muscles after a long day and clear out your head a bit. If you don’t feel like moving before bedtime, meditation also works well.
Calm music or no music.
I am very creative person who loves all kinds of music. Music makes my mind race with new ideas. Not ideal for when you’re trying to unwind…
Evenings are a great time for self care. Personally it calms me down and just overall feels nice. Learn more about self care here.
No need to say more…
Certainly no coffee, black tea, or green tea.
It’s no good to drink any of these after 12 pm because they tend to keep you up. Learn more here. I don’t drink coffee, however I love tea. These drinks can keep you awake so try chamomile tea or even warm milk.
Try some of these tips tonight before bed for better quality sleep. And check out the sleep analysis option on your fit-bits and apple watches! Thank you for reading.