Having troubles getting better sleep at night?
Instead of supplements, I recommend these 5 habits to try before going to bed.
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1. Write down five things you’re grateful for before going to bed.
What does it feel when you’re having a bad day and you go to bed?
You probably feel frustrated. And lying in bed, trying to sleep, while upset or frustrated is futile.
Writing down five things before going to bed will help you ease your worries and anxiety by diverting your attention to something positive. This step can change your mindset and start to help you fall asleep.
2. Avoid electronics, 90 minutes before going to bed.
Admit it or not, oftentimes, we hold our phones or watch movies before going to bed, sometimes even while in bed.
Some people are convinced that these electronics make them fall asleep faster. But we both know that there’s not a lot of research on using it as a sleep aid.
There are reasons why watching television before going to bed is not a good idea and why you should ditch your phone before going to bed.
To summarize, blue light from screens keep us from having a good nights sleep. Get them out of your bedroom, and turn them off before bed.
3. Find something you’re going to be excited about in the morning.
Find that something that will excite you in the morning! It can be as simple as a good cup of coffee, or listening to your favourite podcast while you get ready for the day.
4. Go to bed and get up at a consistent time.
It is often the weekends that can throw off our sleep patterns and set us up for sleep failure during the week.
While we agree that it’s nice to relax, and maybe stay up a bit later on Saturdays, if that means you are sleeping in 3 hours later then you usually do, it’s going to be a challenge to get back on track by Monday and might leave you needing that extra shot of espresso.
5. Get out of your bed when you cannot sleep.
Get up and do something to make you fall asleep!
Remember that your bed is your resting place and you don’t want it to be a place of stress, right?
Number one thing to do if you need to get out of bed? Read. Sometime that doesn’t require a lot of brain power, and something that can easily lull you to sleep. Avoid electronics at all cost.
Now, the most important thing in doing these habits is CONSISTENCY.
“…even if they feel like they’re not working at first…with consistency and time, that’s where you get the results.”