We can’t all be morning people, right? That would be borrrrring. Sure, most of us can’t exactly say “I woke up like this” every single day. That’s why self-care is important!! And when things get outta control, the Sunday scaries lead to less-than pleasant Monday mornings, and then it’s all downhill to Friday.
But the day of the week doesn’t have to dictate how ya feel! I’ve got some tips coming your way to make mornings wayyyy easier. Seriously. These simple AM/PM tricks will have ya feeling so great, you’ll be belting it out in the shower. (Let’s hope your roomies don’t mind!)
These are things I have learned (through much trial and error) that help me wake up feeling refreshed:
Keep bedroom peaceful. Keep your bedroom comfortable and a place for sleeping and rest. Don’t use your bed for paying bills, doing work, eating, or watching movies. Help your body recognize that this is a place for rest. Make sure your room is well-ventilated and the temperature consistent. .
Invest in the right mattress. I love my Nora mattress from Wayfair. I got it because it had 4.5 stars and over 1000 reviews on the site! Honestly didn’t think a foam mattress would feel so good compared to my traditional mattress but I LOVE it. Unboxing was fun (took like 5 minutes) and sleeping on it was a “dream” lol. Sorry for the pun. Had to do it.
Deep breathing. If you’re having a tough time falling asleep, close your eyes and take deep, slow breaths, making each breath even deeper than the last.
Nap smart. While napping is a good way to make up for lost sleep, if you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at night, napping can make things worse. Limit naps to 15 to 20 minutes in early afternoon!
Check your iron levels. Iron-deficient women tend to have more problems sleeping, so if your blood is iron poor, a supplement might help your ability to sleep!
Block out noise and light. A dark room is an important part of regulating Melatonin (the natural sleep hormone) Eye masks or blackout curtains can help. I use a noise machine I found on Amazon to cancel out any noise from the neighbors.
L-Tryptophan. Some people get tired after eating a turkey meal as it is a major building block for making serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps promote sleep. We don’t always have turkey in the fridge, but another common source is pumpkin seeds and dairy products!
Get lit! And by lit, I mean literature (obvi). Funny, right?! Even a few pages of a beach read can help you prep for a full night’s sleep. Dive into a new novel, make those pages turn, and drift off to rest. Only ZZZZ’s from here on out, sassy mamas! These are a few I’m loving right now:
Work it out! It’s totally proven that regular exercise can improve your life in more ways than one. And I’m not even talking about a beach bod! Breaking a sweat once a day can help you feel better, boost your confidence, and sleep better, too. Because when your body’s begging for some rest post-workout, you’ll rest easy and wake up feeling refreshed.
Routine is everything. We’re creatures of habit—all of us! And while it’s necessary to break from routine now and then, bedtime does not like to be tampered with. If you have trouble getting to sleep, your mind probably hasn’t caught up with your body. Set clear steps toward rest time to let your body and mind know that it’s time to SLEEP UP. Catch my drift? Maybe work these few habits into your nightly routine, and get fuller, longer hours of sleep right off the bat.
- Sip hot tea (decaf, of course!) about 90 minutes before bed.
- Apply a mask or cool, wet towel to your face and find a cozy place to sit for 5 straight minutes.
- Turn on calming tunes. You know what you like! Setting music to a low volume can help you practice careful listening and allow your mind to rest.
- Go screen-free. Plug in your phone, and put it aside. Blue light from your phone or computer can keep you up later than you want! Unplug for those 30 minutes before bed, and get ready for mindful rest prep.
- Jot things down. I’m not talking about 5-paragraph essays. No thanks! However, keeping a journal by your bed gives you the chance to reflect on your day, week, whatever—in as few words—or as many—as you like. I like writing down one memory from each day, and one thing I’m grateful for.
Snooze, ya lose! I know, I know. This one’s tricky. That awful alarm is just… the worst. Although, as it turns out, hitting snooze and falling back asleep makes it even harder to wake up the second (or… fourth) time around. As hard as it is to spring out of bed at that first little ring, make it your practice. It might even become habit!
AM Magic: Lemon & mint Now that you’re up, it’s time to start this day right! Before you reach for a piping hot cup of coffee, get that first 8-ounce serving of water in your system. I like to toss lemon and mint in there for some fruity-fresh vibes. This nutritious and simple combo will beat any detox water you might find in stores. You’ll glow from the inside out: exactly what your skin wants when it’s faced with a daunting Monday.
Good luck, sassy mamas! Fingers crossed this day feels as beautiful as you are. Show yourself some love (and a bit of routine), and you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and to take on anything this crazy world throws your way. Let me know in the comments below your nighttime routine that helps you get those good z’s!!