We all know that sleep is really important, right? It’s been drilled into us since we were little by our parents, family members and teachers alike. My grandfather used to sit by my bed and watch TV series just to make sure I was taking my afternoon naps. Well, it’s sad to say but I think I took my afternoon naps for granted. Now I could spend days in bed just sleeping but I don’t have the time to.
Here are some tips that could help you get a good night’ rest.
Do not use your electronics
Another thing drilled into us by literally everyone but it’s so true. I was always a bit rebellious with my bed time and snuck my phone in my pillowcase so I could use it at night but then I wouldn’t be able to wake up in the morning. Apparently, my parents knew all along but they just wanted to give me something to remember for when I was older (A+ parenting might I add). So now that I am older I am remembering it and cursing myself for not taking that advice. Not only is the blue light from your screen keeping you awake and alert and therefore making it hard for you to fall asleep, it’s also straining for your eyes and therefore you will wake up groggy and tired and with a very poor vision. Therefore, before heading to bed, leave your electronics out of the room and if you need an alarm to wake you up, make sure your phone or your tablet is not within reach from your bed.
Go to bed before 10.30pm
Alright, hear me out before you decided to take out your pitchforks. I am one of those people who likes to think the day is longer for me so I stay up until two or three to finish assignments. But apparently, after 10:30PM your body begins another cycle so it’s even harder to fall asleep. Add this to the blue light from your electronics and you have yourself a white night and a terrible day ahead.
Have a routine
By having a specific routine you are conditioning your body to expect sleep (think Pavlov and the pigeons). You can look online for other people’s routine or simply create your own. Have your own little ritual! That could include showering, tea, reading with the lights dimmed down. I might do a blog post about my morning/night routine in the future so stay tuned for that!
Drink a warm beverage
Try to find a drink that will help you fall asleep. Stuff like chamomile tea or lavender tea or even warm milk (or almond/coconut/etc. milk). The warmth of the drink will then make you sleepy and help you fall asleep at a better time. Also, a friend of mine is doing this detox with warm lemon water. I personally hate the taste of it but it helps her fall asleep faster and have clear skin!
Hide any clocks in sight
This is a huge thing if you have anxiety or if you get restless. Checking the time every five minutes is not only annoying, distracting and not useful at all but it also makes you anxious for the fact that you are not sleeping and you won’t wake up in the morning so it would be best to just tuck your phone away and out of reach (Will help you get up in the morning too //bonus if the alarm song is annoying).
So here are a few tips for a good night’s rest for all the night owls out there. Thank you for reading and make sure to check out my last blog post about my role models.