Do you ever wake up in the morning wishing you can a better night’s sleep? You feel groggy, like you’ve been tossing and turning all night. It’s one of the worst feelings when your brain doesn’t want to shut off. I struggled with sleep for years (yes, literally years). Every night I would fall asleep around 4am – 5am. But over time and being a mom, I’ve learned to master the art of sleep. Here are 5 tips I use to get a better night’s sleep!
If you work a 9 – 5 office job where you’re sitting down the majority of the day, try slipping in enough time to work out. You’ll set yourself up for a bomb night of sleep when your body feeling tired and the need to recover. Go to the gym during lunch or take a walk during your break. Whatever it is, make exercise a priority.
Relax With A Warm Bath or Shower
This has to be the best way to relax before bedtime, but a warm bath with lavender essential oil will help you feel more at ease and super comfortable. I love this because it’s the most calming way to wind down before bed and release all the stress. Plus, it hard to fall asleep when you’re hands and feet are cold. Try adding this into your bedtime routine!
Meditation HAS to be in my night time routine. The stillness and quiet put my head in such a different state. Not only do I relax, but I start reflecting on all my goals. Using this time for a ‘gratitude time’ is perfect too!
Refocus your thoughts and stop your mind from racing. We’re always in a rushed mode during the day with meeting deadlines, doing paperwork, etc. But when you’re alone in your own space, closed eyes, and put all focus on your breathing, you’ll definitely be ready for bed.
Watch Your Caffeine Intake
I always made the HUGE mistake of drinking coffee around 5pm and I wouldn’t be able to sleep till 3am. Don’t be like me. So, avoid any caffeine including sodas, tea, and coffee. For me, I try to finish my coffee by 3pm if I don’t want to be rolling around all night.
Log Your Sleep
If you’re still struggling to get a good night sleep, track your sleep and constantly look for ways to improve. I love using the ‘Sleep Cycle’ app. It will analyze your night showing you sleep quality, times you slept, and a chart to see when you were awake or in deep sleep. It’s really helpful and honestly really interesting to look at. I use it mainly for the alarm because it will gradually wake you up during a 30min. block.
How is your current sleep schedule? Which of these tips is working for you?bedtime, routine, sleep