Getting a good night’s sleep makes all the difference. You’ll feel more rested, your mind will be sharper, and you’ll be ready to go. These are my suggestions for getting a better night’s sleep.
Go to Bed Early
Okay, okay, I know. People always tell me to go to bed early and for years I didn’t listen. I would have the best intentions but still end up going to bed around 1:00 in the morning. I finally started going to bed earlier when I started working and needing to wake up early. And wow does it make all the difference! Thankfully I have never had a problem falling asleep, it’s always been waking up. When I wake up after going to bed early I always feel more rested. I still struggle with the actual getting myself to lie down and sleep part. I’ve found that when I do force myself to stop and sleep though I feel better in the morning.
I’ve very new to the essential oil world and I’m definitely no expert, but I just feel better when I go to sleep with my lavender essential oil diffusing. It seems as though every day I’m seeing someone new falling into the essential oil craze and I can see why. On nights where I’m especially awake and don’t want to go to bed I’ll turn on my diffuser and just wait until the scent eventually takes over and puts me to sleep. I find I sleep longer and better when I fall asleep to my essential oils. I also find I’m more likely to want to use it if I set it up in the morning when I’m feeling more awake and ready to go.
Even with all of the ways to listen to music that exist today, my go to is still Pandora. I don’t like sleeping when it’s too quiet, but I also don’t want something that’s going to distract me and keep me from falling asleep. For that reason, I like to listen to one of the sleep stations from Pandora. They have calming music as well as white noise. You can set the music to automatically turn off after a certain amount of time so that way you can listen while you fall asleep, but you don’t have to worry that it will continue on all night.
Do Something Calming Before Bed
Recently, I’ve been trying to get away from watching TV right before bed. I’ve found that by doing something besides listening to music it helps to calm my mind and gets me in the mood to sleep. My go to before bed thing to do is read a book. You could also listen to a podcast, journal, or clean. For me, reading helps to calm my mind and gives me the opportunity to unwind from the day. The most important thing though is you do something you find relaxing and that helps to get you in the mood to sleep.
Keep Your Work at Your Desk
When you keep your work away from your bed and on a desk, it will help you to associate the your work area with getting things done and your bed with sleeping. That way, you’ll be more likely to sit down at your desk with the intention of getting things done, and more importantly you’ll get in bed with the intention of going to sleep. I find this particularly hard to do, but I also find that ever night when I follow through with keeping my laptop off my bed I am able to sleep more and feel ready to go the next morning.
Set Your Bedtime Before Bed
If you want to go to bed at say 10:30, tell yourself you want to go to bed at 10:10. That way you’ll have 20 minutes extra to do those last minute things you need to before bed. It will also give you time for last minute things that always seem to pop up. When you give yourself the time to get things done and anticipate changes in your schedule you will be more likely to be able to get to bed when you actually want to.