Let’s face it, getting your best night’s sleep every night doesn’t happen easily for most of us. Sometimes life gets in the way and you end up staying up too late and waking up for school or work with less than 8 hours of quality sleep. The only thing you can do is set yourself up for success! Your athletic performance and your quality of life will thank you, I promise.
Even if you don’t do all 7 things to uplevel your sleep, do as many as you can each night and you’ll be in your way to a restful night and an energized day.
- PUT THE PHONE AWAY. Put your phone on “do not disturb” mode during sleeping hours. None of us can resist a vibration or a ding in the middle of the night! iPhones have a night shift function that allows you to reduce blue light exposure at night too. I have my night shift set to turn on at 8 PM and turn off at 5 AM.
- SET YOUR ALARM. You’ll want to make sure that your sleep schedule is consistent 7 days per week. Yes, that means that you’ll need to wake up at the same time on Monday as you do on Saturday. Your body doesn’t know it’s the weekend or the weekday!
- THE BEDROOM IS FOR SLEEPING. Try your best not to work, watch TV, play on your phone, etc. Make your bedroom a sleep-only zone to ensure you don’t get distracted at bed time.
- GET AN EYE MASK & EAR PLUGS. Shield your eyes from light and protect your ears from noises that can disrupt sleep. Both of these items will decrease chances of unnecessary stimulation while you’re asleep!
- GET BLACKOUT CURTAINS. As I’m sure you know, light plays a major role on the regulation of our internal clocks. If the eye mask isn’t cutting it for you, take it up a notch and invest in some blackout curtains.
- USE A FAN. For ideal sleep, keep your bedroom at 60-65 degrees. You’ll want to make sure that the fan doesn’t make a ton of noise and keep you up so invest in a quiet fan!
- DIFFUSE LAVENDER. Not really into essential oils? Me neither, but I am definitely into using lavender for sleep! It is well known that lavender has the ability to promote better sleep.
What do you do to ensure a good night’s sleep? Share it with us in the comments below!