I don’t know if it’s mostly just my generation, but wow do we ever enjoy staying up late. Honestly, I can’t tell you the number of times I hear “I’m tired” every day. We never hear “oh my goodness, I had the best sleep and I’m fully rested!” I would love to hear that more often. I actually enjoy heading to bed early. Who doesn’t love a good night’s sleep?
What is the point in staying up if you’re just wasting time on your phone/computer? I completely get the whole thing about staying up to get your stuff done. I’m guilty of this and was actually up very late last night, but there was a very good reason and it benefited me!
When I used to work early mornings at my previous job, I had a routine of getting to bed very early and I loved it. I woke up easily with my alarm, packed my lunch, and got a workout in; it was magical! I’ve had quite a few people tell me they can’t get themselves to sleep at night and therefore can’t get up in the morning. There is nothing good about sleeping the day away and missing out on activities.
SO, I’ve compiled a list of tips that have helped me in the past and in the present now! Maybe, just maybe they’ll work for you.
1. Invest in a good mattress
I can not stress this one enough. A little while ago I invested in my first good mattress after years of sleeping on my childhood one. When I first moved out on my own, I had gone from my childhood bed to the Ikea pull-out couch and then a blow-up mattress ha! You spend a lot of your life in bed, so why not make sure it supports your back and helps you snooze?
Make sure to shop around first and find what YOU like. I read a lot of blogs and heard a lot of different recommendations from people, but in the end, I picked out something completely different and it works wonderfully for me.
I love getting a good sweat on every day (keep your minds out of the gutter people). I’ve found that I have a much better sleep at night after a good sweat sesh. My suggestion, don’t do it too close to bedtime! You’ll be wired (well at least I am).
3. Take a bath/shower earlier
As I’ve said in previous blog posts, I’m a night shower kind of gal. I don’t do morning showers unless it’s the weekend and I’ve let my hair go long enough (we’ve all done it). So, take a shower or get in your bath, light some candles, play your favourite tunes and just let go! Apparently, though, doing this too close to bedtime can raise your body temperatures and make it hard to fall asleep (I haven’t had this problem), but everyone is different.
See what works for you! You’ll soon enough get into a routine.
4. Set an alarm
I’m not talking about the alarm to help you wake up (my cats are that these days), I’m talking about a ‘hello, go to sleep!’ reminder. This is something I’ve started incorporating recently and I love it. We can get so caught up in what we’re doing that we forget the time and then it’s already too late for a decently long sleep before work in the AM.
Set a reminder at a good time, with an idea of when you want to wake up in the morning. Try to give yourself 7-8 hours of shut-eye.
5. Wind down hour (my favourite)
While I do need to work on this, I’ve found it so helpful to unplug for an hour or two. Come on, just put your computer and phone away and just relax! I like to read for pleasure, put on some music (classical, country and indie are my favourites), write (if that’s something you like to do), and reflect.
Something bothering you? I like to look at it this way. If you can’t do anything about a situation at that moment or get a hold of someone, don’t worry about it and focus on yourself.
6. Meditation, yoga, stretching
I’ve been getting into meditation lately and I’m becoming a little obsessed. It doesn’t need to take long either. 10 minutes in the morning, on your lunch break or even before bed. Meditation is a way for you to give back to yourself and who doesn’t want to be good to themselves? You’d be surprised how good you feel and the number of positive things that can happen in your life when you focus on the good and reflect. Some of my favourite meditations come from Gabrielle Berstein. Seriously go check her out! She’s amazing and I’ve learned a lot from her.
As far as yoga/stretching go; it is truly needed. I lift weights quite a bit and naturally get very sore, but stretching it out feels amazing. Even if you do a quick stretching sequence before bed, you’ll feel so so good.
7. Read/journal before going to sleep
If there is one thing I always do on this list, it’s this. I love reading and journaling; it just puts me in the best mood. Seriously, try it and tell me how good you feel, because you will. If you don’t do it already, I want you to start writing down what you were grateful for that day and some intentions for the next day.
8. Pamper yourself with a spray/oil/body cream
I like to lotion before bed because gal pal here loves waking up soft and there’s just something about a delicious smell that relaxes you.
I’m not the biggest fan of lavender (which is apparently a great scent for sleeping), but I thoroughly enjoy a couple of others that I use religiously. This one from Josie Maran is incredible (my sister tried to steal it). I have it in sweet citrus right now, but I know for a fact that vanilla apricot smells heavenly because I’ve already gone through a tub.
AND I have this one from Lush. I got it at Christmas and my goodness I smell like a yummy banana. Go get it.
So, my friends, there you have it. What are some of your favourite ways to fall asleep? Let me know in the comments below and let me know if you decide to try any of the above!