How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep
Do you ever wake up feeling like you didn’t really get any sleep? Are you trying to be a morning person but you end up hitting snooze for 45 minutes before waking up? You might need to improve your sleep quality. Here’s how to get a better night of sleep!
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.
How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep
- 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. For the kid’s rooms, we have white noise machines. For our room, I use this app for white noise!
- 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 6:30-6:45 on weekdays and 7:00-7:15 on weekends. It still feels like “sleeping in” but it’s easier to fall asleep at night.
- Create a bedtime routine. Doing the same activities just before bed can help you wind down. For me, I brush my teeth, put on a little moisturizer, roll on a bit of lavender essential oil, and journal or read for a few minutes before my head hits the pillow.
- 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 almost 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.
- Wear blue light blocking glasses, especially in the evening. I was gifted a pair of blue light blocking glasses from Pixel Eyewear and I’m obsessed. I like reading on my iPad before I go to sleep, so these glasses are a must. I keep one pair by my bed and one pair at my desk!
Little changes can make a big difference in the quality of your sleep. And quality sleep will help you wake up feeling rested. You might be a morning person after all!
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For me, blue light is the biggest culprit of lost sleep. Fortunately, many devices have settings where blue light can be disabled after a certain hour, which makes sleep easier.
I always thought I was a bad sleep but then I got a Sleep Number bed and I can’t believe the difference. I know not everyone can get Sleep Number, but the right bed really does help cut down on restless sleep! Now I need to work on not sleeping in on the weekend…. 😉
Liz, I’ve always been a light sleeper. And the older I get, the lighter I sleep! I’m willing to try anything to get a full night’s sleep, from meditation to yoga to nighttime smoothies. Most of the time I fall asleep OK, but wake up at crazy hours and can’t doze off again. Lately I’ve been drinking 100% pure unsweetened organic cherry juice twice a day because it has exceptionally high levels of melatonin, which is needed for a sound sleep. I’ve even started a “sleep” board on Pinterest for all kinds of remedies and tips! Ack…a big issue for me.
I hope some of these things help, Penny! I know it’s SO frustrating when you can’t get quality sleep!
I am a total complex sleeper too! I take a bath and read EVERY single night before bed and I also like to have complete darkness and cold to sleep well. And I must have water next to me and my phone must be away from my immediate reach! Geez, high maintenance!
I can sleep for HOURS uninterrupted and never skip a beat. Even on weekends I sleep extensively, this one is a good example. I slept over 15 hours total between Friday and Saturday; today probably 10 hours.. It doesn’t matter how many hours I sleep I feel like ish Lol. Sleep disorders are fun! You’re right definitely have to minimize distractions/noise and having anything you’ll need helps too. I use the Sleep As Android app if I need lullaby sounds.. they have great water sounds. 🙂 Have a great one and sleep tight Liz! -Iva