Prioritizing Good Sleep Is Self-Love
If you knew a good night’s sleep would improve your attention span, help your focus, improve your immunity, make you happier, burn fat and decrease your hunger… Would you choose staying in and hitting the sheets more often?
Taking care of yourself is the ultimate act of self-love. In a world that is “ON” 24/7, you have to say no to something to make the space for self-care. When you are well rested, every aspect of your life improves. If you want to feel more rested and energized so you have the energy to care for yourself, improve your sleep.
Before you read on and start taking action towards creating a sleep-routine you love, take a moment to reflect on your current routine.
Do you have a sleep routine? If you do, what do you love about it? If you don’t, take some ideas below and create one you love. They key to creating a new bed-time routine is making sure it feels good to you, and that it works. Below is our true and tested routine for a great night’s sleep. Try it for yourself, add your own steps, and toss anything that doesn’t work for you. See you in your dreams! Zzz.
7 Steps to a Great Night’s Sleep:
- Set a bed-time. Put it in your calendar and stick to it. Your bed time should start at least an hour before you want to be asleep. Your body needs the time to wind-down, so plan this time into your routine.
- Eat right at night. What you eat and drink all day long effects the quality of your sleep. Stop eating after 7PM, and if you drink coffee or caffeinated tea, stop drinking it after 2PM. By avoiding spicy, heavy or processed fatty foods before bed, your body will be able to rest easier and sleep longer. If you overload your digestive system before bed, your body won’t get the rest it could have on an empty stomach.
- Romance yourself. Make your routine fun by adding some relaxing activities to it. Run a hot bath with Epsom salts, sip on herbal tea, set the mood with scents like lavender in the form of essential oils or a candle, or get intimate with your partner. By choosing activities before bed that are relaxing, you will look forward to going to sleep and have an easier time sticking to the routine.
- Make your bedroom the most luxurious, comfortable space. Treat yourself to comfortable sheets and blankets, and you’ll want to spend time there! Making your room cozy doesn’t need to be expensive or complicated. Toss the electronics and clutter from your room and add in things that bring you joy and help you relax.
- Hydrate yourself for the best sleep ever. If you go to bed even a bit dehydrated, it will be harder for you to sleep. Drinking a glass of water before bed helps your body stabilize its hormone, vitamin and mineral levels. Help your body out by drinking water all day long. This glass before bed is icing on the cake to promote good sleep.
- Manage your stress. If you’re feeling anxious or stressed out from your day, create the time in your routine to address it before bed. Meditation, yoga, walking, vibing and message are all great tools to get this out of your system before bed.
- Lights out- like completely out. Studies show that sleeping in complete darkness helps you sleep better. Invest in black-out curtains or an eye-mask to ensure all light sources are blocked. This one action alone will help you sleep better and purchasing an eye mask cost less than $20.