For this wellness tip, it’s all about catching those Z’s! We all know how important sleep is for our bodies, but yet, we never seem to get enough sleep. Did you know that an adult is supposed to get an average of 7-9 hours of sleep a night? I know people who get 5 and think that they can survive on coffee. We’ve all had to pull some late-nights, and as long as it isn’t a common occurrence, it’s not the worst, but if you consistently don’t get enough sleep, try some of these tips.
- Take melatonin. If you struggle to fall asleep, try taking a melatonin pill. It’s all-natural and will hopefully help you to fall asleep and stay asleep.
- Try a weighted blanket. Weighted blankets are great for anxiety, but they also will help you to fall asleep and stay asleep.
- Drink a cup of tea before bed. Sleepytime tea is one of my go-to’s when I’m struggling to fall asleep, and the soothing blend usually puts me to sleep before I even finish my drink.
- Try stretching before bed. Stretching your muscles is a form of relaxation, and can help you to get sleepy enough to fall asleep.
- Stay away from blue lights. You need to put yourself on blue light restriction a few hours before bed, so that means no laptop, no phone, and no tv. And definitely no Candy Crush.
- Cool down your house. Did you know that you actually sleep better in cooler temperatures? I personally like to set my thermostat down a few degrees and turn a fan on, that way I can snuggle up under my comforter. Try it and see if it helps you.
- Read while in bed. Set time aside to read for 30 minutes and see if that helps your eyes to get tired. Just make sure you’re not reading on an iPad, that will work against you with the blue light. A real book is best for right before bed.
- Go to bed at a decent time. This is the most important one, don’t go to bed at midnight if you have to be up at 5 am! I’m one of the only 26 year olds who can happily be in bed before 10 pm, but guess what, I love my sleep, and I’m not ashamed of that fact. I also don’t need coffee to live 😉 so just plan out enough hours to help you get enough sleep each night.
I hope these tips help, and I hope you find that with your new extra hours of sleep that you are finding yourself in a better mood, needing less caffeine, and overall living a healthier life!