Over the last few years, I’ve developed a sleep routine that works for me. Unfortunately, I’m not able to fall asleep as quickly as my hubby (lucky guy) and I needed to do something that would help me fall asleep and stay asleep each night.
Sleep is essential for our overall well being. As adults, we should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night. With our busy lives, it’s easy to sacrifice the rest that we need. There are a few things that we can do to help us get the sleep that we need.
Take Time to Wind Down
You need to take the time in the evening to relax and unwind from your day. Spend time with your loved one(s), take a hot bath, or read a book, or whatever works for you to help you decompress.
Many of us need that morning cup of coffee to get us going. Consuming caffeine closer to bedtime inhibits our ability to fall asleep. Limit your caffeine intake during the day or cut it out of your diet completely. I switched to drinking only water, and I don’t miss caffeinated beverages.
Put Away Your Devices
Your devices and television emit light that triggers your brain into believing that you need to stay awake. Make the last check of your devices about an hour before you head to bed. It’s best if you can sleep without keeping them by your bedside. If that isn’t possible, resist the urge to check them after you’ve crawled into bed.
Use Essential Oils
I am an active user of essential oils and use them throughout the day. The essential oils that I use are from Young Living. I use single oils or a blend of oils in a diffuser to help me fall and stay asleep.
Meditation can help you center yourself and relax so you can go to sleep. I take time both in the morning and before I go to bed. If I’m feeling overwhelmed, I will also meditate during the day. Calm and Insight Timer are the apps that I use.
Making some changes to your bedtime routine can help you to get the sleep you need to be your best self. Wishing you sweet dreams.
Until next time,