Eight Tips for Better Sleep

A few weeks ago, I shared a little bit about why it’s so important to get good sleep, for you and your healthy body! There’s a reason they call it “beauty sleep” honey, because you’ll wake up glowing inside and out. On the flip side, have you noticed how dull both your complexion and your mindset can be when you’re exhausted? So hit the hay and count those sheep!

Now some of us struggle with getting a quality snooze; whether that means getting to bed on time, actually falling asleep, or staying in that restful state all night long. So here’s EIGHT tips on how to get a better night’s sleep.

Eight tips for better sleep

Need some help falling asleep or staying that way? Check out some of these tips!

  • Avoid caffeine after 2 p.m.
    • Having caffeine too late in the day can cause you to stay in the lighter stages of sleep. That means no evening Starbucks runs, or at least get decaf!
  • Avoid heavy or spicy meals in the evening
    • They can cause indigestion and I KNOW you don’t want to have to deal with that!
  • Exercise
    • Even light exercise is better than no exercise. Many studies have shown the link between exercise and better sleep, so get moving in whatever way makes you happy!
  • Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual
    • Consider implementing an evening skincare routine (it can be basic, let’s not go crazy here) and maybe even writing in your journal before bed.
  • Wind down and avoid electronics
    • The light from the screens can actually affect your ability to fall asleep. Consider reading before bed rather than watching tv or playing on your phone.
  • Make your bed cozy and inviting
    • Think muted colors, fluffy pillows, and invest in soft, comfortable sheets. And consider keeping the tv out of your bedroom!
  • Stick to a sleep schedule
    • Go to bed at the same time every night, and wake up at the same time each morning. It’s easier said than done, but trust me- your body will thank you!
  • Consider help
    • If you need a little more help than what a good routine can give, talk to your healthcare practitioner about supplements. My husband prefers to take a time-released melatonin tablet on nights he struggles falling asleep, but find what works for you and your health.
    • You might even want to see a sleep specialist, depending on the issues present. It’s better to ask for help and start getting more rest sooner rather than later!

Do you have some of your own tips on getting better sleep? Share them below!

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