We all want to sleep better, but sometimes don't know where to start. Not every night will be the same, but you can arm yourself with these 5 sleep tips to help you sleep better. Then tell me in the comments below, which sleep tip resonates with you most? Awareness is the first step in creating better habits. Together, we can get a better night's sleep.
Sleep Tip #1: PRIORITIZE SLEEP
Is prioritizing sleep something you’ve ever thought about? Sure, it feels easy to prioritize family or your career, but what about getting enough sleep every night? What would that action look like if you chose to prioritize sleep today? How about skipping caffeine after 2pm or the late night glass of wine?
Sleep Tip #2: DON'T RUSH IT
Rushing all day from work, to the supermarket, to the kitchen to prepare dinner, and then cleaning up in a whirlwind?...only to then pass out on the couch? Does this sound familiar? We’ve been there, too! Give yourself an adequate amount of time to get ready for sleep by setting a bedtime alarm as a reminder to start winding down.
Try setting the alarm for thirty minutes before your desired bedtime so that you have time to transition from the day’s activities into evening relaxation. Have you ever tried this? What are some of the main obstacles that prevent you from getting to bed at your desired time?
Sleep Tip #3: USE BED FOR ONLY...SLEEP AND SEX
When you want a nice meal, you go to a restaurant. When you want a good workout, you go to the gym...see where we’re going with this? Your bed needs to be reserved as sacred space for sleep and sex. Working from bed recently? Eating in bed? Anything else? Are your activities sending the wrong signals to your brain about what’s supposed to take place in bed? What’s going on in your bed? What are your thoughts on this one?
Sleep Tip #4: CREATE A ROUTINE FOR ONLY WINDING DOWN AND RELAXATION
One way to build healthy sleep hygiene habits is to repeat your evening rituals in the same order so that one healthy habit “links” to the next one. For example:
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Sleep Tip #5: SLEEP WHEN YOU CAN, AS MUCH AS YOU CAN
Agree or disagree? Sleep when you can, as much as you can. The chores can wait. Your child needs you well-rested, and so do your family, friend, and colleagues. We'd love to hear how you navigate this.