I hope you’re all having a great week and I hope you woke up refreshed from a good night’s sleep! With life being so hectic the last few months, I found myself not being able to fall asleep at night. This is coming from someone who can drink a large coffee and then immediately take a nap so for me to have trouble dozing off at night, I knew something had to change. Over the past few months, I’ve developed a routine that not only helps me have a great sleep at night but also helps to actually calm my brain down at the same time.
1. Put down the smartphone:
I mentioned this before but we have a “rule” in our house that our cell phones are to get plugged in and set on the kitchen table at 8:30PM for the night. Sometimes I stretch this limit when let’s say B is watching golf or something along those lines but usually at that time, my phone is on the table. Not only does it allow my brain some time to relax before going to bed, but I’m also not reading some ridiculous story and heading to bed upset or pissed.
2. Instead, opt for a notebook and pen:
If you’re anything like me, you have your greatest yet wildest ideas late at night and since your phone is already away charging for the night, how are you to document your thoughts? While B is usually watching a documentary or hockey game, I’m on the other side of the couch reading a book but I always keep a pen and notebook close by to jot down idea blog ideas or to-do lists that come to mind.
3. Get your last 8oz in:
If I could give you any advise to not only getting a good night’s sleep but also feeling great throughout the day, it would be to make sure you’re drinking enough water. I personally find that rotating a cute water bottles into the mix helps, weird I know but I swear it helps. Most nights I enjoy a small glass of wine but don’t want to fall asleep with that being the last thing that I get in. I also keep glass of water on my night stand in case I wake up in the middle of the night to take a few sips then I’ll try to finish it before getting out of bed in the morning. Not everyday does this work because hello, small bladder but even taking a small drink is better than nothing, right?
4. Invest in some sleep aids:
And no I’m not talking about medication. Maybe you need a eye mask to fall asleep or perhaps you enjoy listening to a rainfall playlist for a few minutes before calling it a night. I personally can not sleep without my Lavender Vanilla Pillow Mist from Bath & Body Works. I bought it about a year ago and have been using it pretty much every night and still have about 1/4 of the bottle left. Does it actually help with sleep? I really doubt it but the scent is relaxing and I enjoy drifting off to sleep with it. I usually spritz a small amount on both of our pillows then shake out our pillows to allow the scent to sink in and dry so we are not putting out face directly on a damp pillow case.
5. Set a routine for yourself:
Call me crazy but this works. Set a time for yourself to “settle” at night time. This doesn’t mean that you need to be in bed ready for sleep at that exact minute but you should be shutting the television down, setting out your clothes for the follow day or starting your nightly skincare routine (don’t forget to take that makeup off!). I find that giving myself a time to settle down, makes it easier for my brain to not be running a million miles a minute when I lay down in bed.