I’m always trying to figure out how to sleep better. In fact, I’m someone that has struggled with quieting my mind for most of my life.
But once I hit 40, I realized that I no longer had the stamina to just pull through a day and make it out alive on the other end. With three kids, a full-time job, and all the weight of the world on my shoulders, something had to give.
How To Sleep Better – Tips For Restless Mind
Getting a good night’s sleep directly impacts your physical and mental health. Adults are said to need around 9 hours of sleep per night but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that most adults don’t get nearly that much sleep each night.
So, how does someone figure out how to sleep better? How can we achieve a great night filled with the right kind of rest?
Between trying to slow your mind down that’s running through to-do lists for tomorrow, yesterday, and today, it almost feels hopeless. The racing mind is a person’s worst nightmare.
Our body and our mind can be our biggest enemies and if we don’t take control of these two, we won’t ever figure out how to properly catch some zzzs.
Listen, racing thoughts happen to the best of us, but today I’m going to share some tips to help you sleep better. These tips will help guide you forward to getting a better sleep more often.
Get into a Routine
You probably have some sort of bedtime routine for your kids, but did you know that having a routine for yourself actually works?! Yes, it’s true.
If you want to sleep better then it’s time to get yourself into a regular bedtime routine where you do the same things every night before bed and lay down to sleep at the same time every night.
Get Rid Of The Electronics
Electronics can keep your mind thinking about the day or other random tidbits of information. This is why it’s important that you get rid of the electronics at least an hour or so before bed.
This will help keep your mind from thinking about the random news article you just read or those new shoes your friend just picked up.
Dark Mode on Electronics if you Use Them
If you simply can’t give up the electronics then at least compromise with yourself by setting them on dark mode. This will help keep the light from making you feel more awake.
The fewer lights you have on when it comes time for sleep, the more likely you are to fall asleep quicker and sleep better. Many updated devices have a dark mode option and if they don’t, some websites have an option on their app to set them to dark mode.
Drink No Caffeine After Lunch
I promise I’m not trying to ruin your day, but in all seriousness, if you truly want to sleep better then cut out that caffeine after lunchtime. Caffeine keeps many people awake unless you’re one of those lucky people where caffeine doesn’t impact you.
Try to opt for decaffeinated and non-sugary drink options once lunchtime hits so that you won’t be all hyper once bedtime arrives. I must confess – this is the hardest one for me to manage.
Read a Book
There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book. If you’re someone who enjoys reading but has found that you simply don’t make the time to read, then this part of my plan to get you to sleep better will make you happy.
Grab some books and keep them on your nightstand so that you curl up to read a book before you drift off to sleep each night. This will help take your mind off of everyday issues and stressors. If you are truly looking for ways to wind down, a book will do it for you.
Take a Bath
The warm bath water will help relax your tight muscles and your wandering mind. Having a bath shortly before bed is the perfect way to encourage your body to sleep better.
Not only does the warm water help relax sore muscles so you can lay down feeling more physically relaxed, but it’s common knowledge that taking a nice bubble bath can easily relax your restless thoughts before bed. When I take a bath, I usually use essential oils and it truly does wonders.
Looking for ways to sleep better? Whether you opt for an app to help with self-guided meditation or you simply know how to meditate and want to do so on your own, meditation is extremely relaxing. Meditation involves deep breathing, being aware of only the present moment and taking in all of those sounds, smells, and scenery around you.
Meditation is something that encourages mindfulness, which has been proven to relax both your mind and body so that you can sleep better. If you are curious about an app to help you get started, check out Headspace. I met the founder and he was fascinating.
These tips to help you learn how to sleep better will surely be worth trying out. Pick one or two and run with them. I want to know if any of these ideas work to help you get a better night’s sleep on a regular basis.
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