Are you getting a restful, eight hours of sleep every night? If the answer is no, you’re certainly not alone.
The National Sleep Foundation reports that 35% of Americans rate their sleep quality as “poor” or “only fair.” And many of us do wake up feeling tired, and spend the day stressed and exhausted. The solution? Get quality sleep by going to bed earlier…but we know that’s easier said than done.
So follow these easy tips to help train your body to turn in earlier:
Set the alarm for 15 minutes earlier than you normally wake up and increase it by 15 minutes each day. It might be tempting to hit snooze, but take this extra time to do something productive whether you take a brisk walk outside, make breakfast, or get a start on your emails. That way, you’ll be a bit more tired when you get home and it’ll be easy to push yourself into a restful slumber.
Take All Electronics out of the Bed
Keep your cell phone, laptop, tablet, Kindle, and anything else that’s digitally distracting away from your bed. Your bed is for sleeping and definitely not for work or perusing through social media. Blue light from your electronics disrupts your brain’s signals and tells it to stay awake and alert, rather than to go to sleep.
Invest in a Soothing Sleep Kit
Lavender lotion, cucumber sleep mask, a special pillow, or even freshly laundered sheets can put you in the mood to snooze. Certain smells and feelings can help stimulate your senses, signaling that it’s time to rest.
Make a To-Do List
It can be hard to have a good night’s sleep if you’re thinking about what needs to be done the next day. Many times we find ourselves tossing and turning because we’re anxious. So make it a point to write down your to-do list before you sleep. It’ll help clear your mind, allowing you to fully relax and be at ease.
xx, The FabFitFun Team