Simply put, getting a good night’s sleep is crucial. After a bad night with little sleep, you can feel drained, unproductive and just a total mess the next day. The average adult needs 8 hours of sleep to properly function – but chances are, like most other millennial women, you’re not getting that. But getting a good night’s sleep isn’t as hard as we think it is. In fact, all you need are a few simple tips.
How many times do you go to bed with your phone in your hand and scrolling mindlessly through Instagram and Facebook, and before you even know it, it’s 3 AM and your day starts way sooner than you expected? Try to limit screen use – whether it’s a phone, a computer or TV – to at least an hour before you want to go to bed.
Avoiding blue light will allow for your body to adjust a lot better, allowing you to fall asleep a whole lot easier.
STOP EATING SO LATE:
The closer you get to bedtime, the harder it is for your body to digest your food. Eating an hour before bedtime means that your body will likely stay up all through the night working to get through your last meal. Try limiting your meals to at least a few hours before bedtime to allow yourself a good, restful sleep.
DITCH THE CAFFEINE:
It’s actually a pretty simple fix, but many caffeine-lovers may think it’s an impossible one. If you find yourself having a hard time falling asleep, try to cut or lower your caffeine intake, or at least limit how much you drink past noon so that it’s not affecting your ability to sleep soundly at night.
Besides making you feel great, exercise is a great way to regulate your sleep cycle.
Regular exercise is a great way to keep both your weight and blood pressure down, but it also helps to lower stress – a major factor in insomnia.
And, to be honest, adding an hour-long workout into your regular schedule can tire you out a little more than usual – causing a deeper sleep.
CREATE A BEDTIME ROUTINE:
Creating a routine that you follow every night is a great way to trick your brain into being ready to sleep. Whether it’s reading a book for 20 minutes, spending 10 minutes journalling, or doing a skincare routine every night that signals you’re ready to bed, create something that you follow every single night. Once it becomes habit, just starting the routine will signal to your brain that it’s time for bed. Here’s to more restful nights in your future!