6 Bedtime Habits to Live By
You hear it so often – sleep is good for you! I 100% agree – sleep makes me happier and more energized, it helps me run faster and eat cleaner, it clears up my skin, it helps with my anxiety and overall leads to a higher level of productivity.
Over the last few years, I’ve prioritized sleep – often choosing it over a social life (no regrets). I’ve honestly noticed a world of difference, and now I envy people who can run on little to no sleep, because I absolutely need to catch some quality ZZZ’s to go about my day.
Going to bed early is my key to getting a better quantity of sleep, but how do I get better quality of sleep? Well, over the past few years, I’ve developed a few habits that have changed the quality of my sleep drastically – and thus, my energy and productivity levels.
- Turn off your phone. This is something I struggled with for so long, but once I managed it, it made all the difference. The bright light in the dark really does mess up your sleep cycles! It’s tempting to fall asleep while scrolling through your Instagram feed and worry that someone may really need to contact you. However, I put my phone on airplane mode and set it face down. Nothing should be that pressing and my sleep is my time for myself. However, if you are worried someone may contact you, set your phone on Do Not Disturb, so that if someone calls multiple times it will ring!
- Drink a cup of tea. Something about tea is so soothing as you wind down for the night. My personal favorites? Ginger to settle my stomach before sleep and chamomile to relax me.
- Write down three things you were grateful for in the day. Before bed is when my anxiety and all my worries tend to hit the hardest – I’m not distracted and I’m vulnerable. In order to counteract this, I love to sit and write down three good things so I go to sleep reflecting on these, rather than let the negatives take over.
- Lavender everything. Lavender is known to soothe sore muscles and relax nervous tension. Perfect way to zen out before bed. I love to throw lavender essential oil in my diffuser by my bed, give myself a mini massage with lavender lotion, take a hot bath with Epsom salt and lavender bubble bath, or spray my pillow with a lavender essential oil/water blend. Not to mention, it smells amazing in and of itself.
- Bedtime yoga. I love to practice a short yoga sequence before bed – typically focused on my hips and back, where I hold the most tension! Typically, it’s all restorative yoga, rather than an active vinyasa. Extremely relaxing and often makes me sleepy. I definitely have fallen asleep in savasana doing this!
- Make it dark. Simply put, the darker it is, the better you sleep. Turn off all your lights (including your phone, computer & TV!) and close your blinds.
What are your bedtime habits you swear by?