How to go to sleep earlier: 4 steps to catch z’s earlier
Feeling like your lacking sleep lately? Not to worry, this is a pretty common problem. However, did you know that sleep is one of the most important things on your journey to a healthier life? Sleep helps your body and mind recover which is a key step in living a healthy life.
Inside this blog, we will break down the 4 things you need to be doing to catch a better sleep
Disconnect with electronics
As tempting as it may be to check your Facebook one more time before bed, try to avoid this. Putting away your electronics before bed has shown to have some amazing benefits when sleeping. When you are checking your social media before you head to sleep you are not winding your mind for the night you are checking in on others and prompting your mind to continue to think, which is the opposite of what you need to be doing.
Stop drinking coffee all-day
This may or may not pertain to you. But for those that love to have a mid-afternoon coffee to keep their energy going, it may be time to rethink your strategy. As we all know caffeine is a stimulant and while you may not feel the effects of it, your body may still be suffering. Try limiting your intake in the afternoon and learn to find energy in a more natural way. Get outside, enjoy your surroundings and move away from the caffeine.
Make a routine
Bedtime curfews aren’t just for children. Creating a solid bedtime routine will help you to start getting better sleep. Try to start winding down for bed a few hours before you actually head to bed. Things like:
Walking your dog
Disconnecting from social
can help you to start to create this routine. Remember, the idea is to create something you do every day so that once you start this routine your body and mind know it’s time to start winding down for bed.
Create a Great Sleep Environment
Making sure you have a solid sleep environment will help you to start getting more rest. Things that are important while sleeping include:
Dark space - get some good curtains
No blue light - no T.V!
Comfy sleeping environment
Cooler sleeping temperatures
Take some time to optimize your bedroom for sleep. Investing in some of these things can make a dramatic change in your sleep habits.
Sleep is non-negotiable. Take the time to understand why you may be having restless nights. It’s tempting to just “work with what you have” but when it comes to sleep, it’s time to step up your game, dish out a couple of extra dollars and spend the extra time creating habits that will last you a lifetime.
Your body will thank you.