Life recommends toddlers a generous 14 hours of sleep every day in order to make sure their parents stay sane. As adults, all we have left are 8 short hours at night and the distant memory of our mothers begging us take our afternoon nap. And while nowadays free time is hard to come by, getting yourself some quality sleep is even more challenging.
The good news is you have the power to change your sleep quality, and in turn, probably change your life. Even better news is you can try all of these tonight! Here are some totally attainable sleep tips and tricks that you can do right now.
We spend half of the recommended 8 hours of sleep just fiddling through our phones before bed and in the morning. One of the keys to a good night’s sleep is banishing electronic screens at least an hour before shuteye. Besides, you don’t want to risk accidental “sleepy likes” on Instagram in the middle of a deep-stalking session.
Breathe and Meditate
Don’t think about that stupid thing you said to somebody at that event 3 months ago. Instead, take cues from yoga and focus on your breathing. Inhale, hold, exhale. You won’t fall asleep and stay asleep when your thoughts are anywhere but your bedroom. Go get your zen on!
Light up a candle. Take a shower. Drink chamomile tea. Apply a luxurious lavender-scented body butter while whispering, “I love me” to yourself. Employing a nightly ritual will condition your mind and body to recognize when it’s time to sleep.
Consume A Mindful Dinner
Sleep is your body’s chance to recuperate from the day’s work, so you ought to give sugar a hard pass. Don’t give your digestive system a lot to work on at night. Eat foods that are rich in tryptophan, which is an amino acid that calms you down and combats anxiety. Bananas, cheese, and tofu are good candidates for an optimal, slumber-friendly diet.
Make Your Sleeping Space Sacred
Invest in quality sheets that make you look forward to getting in bed. Your room should feel cozy: dimly lit, a bit cool, and fresh-smelling. Try a lavender pillow spray. Get rid of any visible clutter that cause mental disruption - your sleep area should be a haven of calm and comfort.
Excited to hit the sack yet? Let us know if these tips help you get that much-needed shuteye. Tag us on Instagram @iamclaireph!