Is one of your resolutions for 2019 to sleep better? GOOD- then you’re in the right place. And if it isn’t, then it should be. Sleep is a vital part of our physical and mental health. I should know- I slept horribly for 26 years which essentially turned me into a Snorlax. I’m a night owl so I love staying up late, but then I would sleep until 11, 12….3 pm…once I even woke up at 5 pm. I hated that I wasted so many of my days sleeping, but I always had a hard time falling asleep at night, or staying asleep (I have anxiety-related issues that make it hard to sleep unless I’m exhausted). I’ve finally managed to get myself into check and have been getting a 7-8 hour sleep every night, as I should be at my ripe age of nearly 27. Part of this is definitely being more physically active. My husband and I go to the gym 5-6 days a week and during work days we go in the evenings, so when I come home I’m generally pretty tired so it’s shower + bed. I’ve also been a fan of the “routine” lately, and I’ve managed to put together a great night time routine that actually makes me look forward to going to bed a little earlier than I used to, because it lets me unwind and relax.
- Shower! A nice hot shower instantly calms me down, and helps my muscles relax- especially if I worked out prior. I have a lavender scented body wash from Live Clean that I absolutely ADORE, as lavender is a great scent that provides calmness and relaxation.
- Back to lavender…I like to put my diffuser on my bedside table, and diffuse a lavender essential oil. Lavender is instantly calming to me, it really gets me to unwind and relax, and is the best essential oil to include in your night time routine. My favorite one is from Isagenix.
- The next thing I do once I’ve set my diffuser up is 4 sprays (directly into your mouth) of the Isagenix Sleep Support & Renewal Spray. The sleep spray contains fast-absorbed, sustained-release melatonin combined with a proprietary nutrient complex to promote a sound, more beneficial night’s rest, which in turn can aid memory, mental clarity, cognitive function, and overall brain health. This spray has become a staple in my night time routine, and I feel incredibly rested every morning without the groggy feeling you get from taking melatonin or sleeping pills.
- READ! Turn the phone off. We should be removing ourselves from any type of SCREEN at least an hour before we go to bed. Using electronics close to bed time actually effs with your sleep, causing you to be sleep-deficient and unrested. This is why I always hop into bed at least an hour before I want to go to sleep, and enjoy my time with a good book.
- The last thing I do before I go to bed is meditate. I found a great app called Breethe and I use it every night! (nearly). I pay for the premium version because it gives you more options, but there are great meditations even with just the free version! I normally put my wireless headphones in, put an eye mask on and turn on one of the meditations in the “Sleep Better” category. My favorite one is called “drift into sleep.” I also love sleeping with an eye mask, because it blocks out ALL of the light and really lets my eyes take a break and feel much more rested in the morning. Oh and if you haven’t tried an eye mask- I highly recommend one!!!
*Quick eye mask tip – I have used my fair share of these, and I’ve definitely found that masks that ARE NOT adjustable, tend to be way better because they fit nice and tight on the face, and don’t fall off! The adjustable strap ones are okay, but I’ve found the straps stretch out a LOT and then you can’t really wear it because it just falls right off.
I hope this post was helpful to you guys! Let me know if you have any questions, or share your own sleep experiences and routines, I love trying new things!