• Miranda Marie

How To Get A Better Night Sleep

Getting a good night of rest seems more like A dream than a reality for most people. You know a full night‘s rest is a key to looking and feeling your best, but how come it it so hard to achieve? Between your busy days, non-stop to do lists, and nighttime scrolling, it can be hard to let your body and brain know it is time for rest. Here are 5 ways to help you achieve a good nights sleep once and for all.

#1 Set An Alarm

Similar to how you set an alarm t wake up, set an alarm to get ready for bed. Set an alarm about an hour before you plan on hitting the pillow, use the following hour to prepare getting ready for bed and create a routine to help signal your body it’s time to power down.

#2 Take A Warm Shower Or Bath If you tend to shower in the morning, try swapping to an evening shower. A warm shower with calming scents like lavender can help the body relax, and help you ‘wash off‘ the day.

#3 Tea Time After your shower, make your self a cup of tea. Blends with chamomile, peppermint, or lemon balm are great before bed, as they are herbal blends and do not contain caffeine. Also, check your local health food or grocery store, there are tea blends made to assist with sleep.

#4 Journal Journaling is a practice that can help ease your mind. How many times have you laid awake at night running your to-do list in your mind? Journaling before bed can help you get those thoughts in paper (so you don’t forget), and out of your mind (so you can rest).

#5 Accessorize Just like a good outfit, a good night sleep needs some accessories. The following items can make a work of difference when getting ready for bed.

- Pillow Spray/Diffuser - Pillow sprays and diffusers are interchangeable in this scenario, as they are both used as a form of aromatherapy. Using a spray or oil blend can help promote relaxation and ease stress and tension.

- Eye Mask - Creating a dark atmosphere is key in getting a restful sleep. Even the smallest amount of light can mess with your internal clock. This is especially helpful for those of you who sleep with a partner. They may like to be up on their phone or iPad, but you do not need to deal with it.

- Blackout Curtains - Similar to the eye mask, but these help block out the outside world. Blackout curtains are especially helpful if you like in a busy city (street lights can be blinding!) or if the sun rises directly into your room (which is nice, but we need our sleep).

- Fan - Sleeping in a hot room can affect your sleep immensely. Having a cool room can help lower your body temperature and bring you to a more restful slumber

- Weighted Blanket - Now, this one is optional. I know people who swear by it (myself included), and i know people who don’t care for the weight at all. I personally find that when I sleep with the weighted blanket I get a more sound sleep. The weight of the blanket helps to reduce my anxiety and get me to a more restful state.

Besides adding these steps to your routine, make sure you are limiting actions as well. Such as phone scrolling (blue light), TV in the bedroom, watching an exciting or scary movie before bed, eating too late; these are all things that can affect your sleep.

What tips do you use to get a god night’s sleep? Let us know in the comments below.

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