3 Ways to Get More Sleep
Staying up til midnight binge watching your latest Netflix obsession? Going out to bar hop with friends at 10 p.m.? Nah, I’ll pass. My bed is calling, and I must answer.
Confession: I love sleep.
Y’all might think that I don’t get much sleep due to my cray cray schedule. But honestly, I work pretty hard to make sure I get enough zzz’s that my body needs. And trust me, you don’t wanna see me on those days when I’m rollin’ outta bed with less than 8 hours….it ain’t pretty.
The older I get, the more I understand the value of a good night’s sleep. It’s SO important! So whether you’re trying to get a few more hours, or struggle with insomnia, here’s a few of my tips for getting more (and better!) sleep.
1. Stick to a schedule
This can be pretty tricky for us Sassy ladies who have a lot going on, but keeping a consistent schedule helps your body predict and prepare for awake hours and asleep hours. Having a bedtime routine— whether that’s a warm bath, a cup of tea, reading a book—is another trigger for your brain to get ready for nighty night. Going to bed (roughly) the same time each night, and waking up at (roughly) the same time each morning (yes, even weekends!) is super important. After a while, your body will create its own internal clock, allowing you to get better sleep!
2. Get healthy
You may not think that your diet can have an effect on your sleep…but it does! Think about it—the healthier you are overall, the better your body functions, and that includes sleep. Starting a healthy eating plan and getting moderate exercise will fuel your body in a good way. Plus, burning extra energy during the day will tire you out in the evening, just in time to hit the sack. Be careful of exercising too close to bedtime, though, as some people say that that actually prevents them from winding down.
3. Create a sleep environment
This is perhaps the most crucial tip of all when it comes to getting more sleep. Creating a peaceful place where you lay your head helps ease your mind when it’s time to go to sleep. That means, making your bedroom your sanctuary. Try painting your space a color that’s linked to calm and relaxation—like blue. How old is that mattress? Over 10 years? Might be time to replace. You’d be amazed at the power of a new mattress! Oh, and all that technology that we all are addicted to (guilty!!), like TVs, computers, and smartphones….put them away well in advance of bedtime. Experts suggest that the blue light that comes from many of these devices can disrupt your eyes and brain’s ability to calm down in preparation for sleep.
Jordan started a sunlight simulator alarm clock that has helped him wake up early without disrupting his circadian rhythm!
Implement these three simple tips and I promise you’ll be catching more zzz’s very soon! And hey, with more sleep, who knows what you’ll conquer!