Historically, I’ve been a bad sleeper. I’m not sure how it’s possible to be so bad at something that literally requires you to just lay there and do absolutely nothing… but I was. As a little kid it took me forever to fall asleep and once I got to high school, some nights I just wouldn’t sleep. I don’t know how I functioned like that… but I did.
Thankfully though, I’ve gotten much better at sleeping. (Yeah, I’m finally good at the whole close your eyes and act like your dead thing. Go me!) Admittedly, I’m a high maintenance sleeper. I kind of need everything just right. (Alex would probably tell you that’s a huge understatement. What can I say, I have a complex routine.) But getting a few things in order before I start snoozing is totally worth it.
So for the next Tiny Tweaks = Big Changes post, let’s talk about sleep!! It’s so critical for feeling your best, staying healthy, and improving your mood!
- Block out noise… or find the right noise. White noise has been a game changer for me. I started listening to white noise when I first moved to Richmond and it’s just been so soothing. Sometimes the air conditioner + air purifier are enough but sometimes I also turn on some white noise. I love love love it. I use this app for white noise and its free from the app store!
- Stop sleeping in on the weekends! I know it’s tempting to “catch up on sleep” but our bodies don’t work that way. They can’t “store up sleep” in a camel hump. Waking up earlier on the weekends helps me fall asleep at a somewhat normal hour which helps me stick to a schedule. I almost always get up between 6:15 and 6:30 on weekdays and 7:15-7:30 on weekends. It still feels like “sleeping in” but it’s easier to fall asleep at night.
- Keep the essentials by your bed. I keep tissues, water, and chapstick on my nightstand because those are the things I’m most likely to wish I had when I’m almost asleep. There’s nothing worse than being alllllllmost asleep and then having to get out of bed for a sip of water. Keeping these things close by means you don’t have to totally wake yourself up just for something little.
Hopefully these little changes will help you sleep, which can make a huge impact on your health & mood!
For more “Tiny Tweaks”, check out this post on How to Drink More Water!