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Sleep has always been really important to me. Some of my friends call me a grandma because I have to leave and get to bed early. I don’t like sleeping in (I feel like my day is so wasted if I do) but I do like getting to bed early and getting a good night’s sleep! I think people forget how much sleep effects your overall health. It effects everything from your mood to your weight to your memory and attention, your stress levels, your heart health and more. If you have trouble sleeping, here are 7 simple ways to sleep better at night.
1. Read a Self-Improvement Book
This is the one thing I make sure to do every night, and it helps me fall asleep so well. I used to spend a lot of time on my phone before I went to bed and as we all know, that’s the last thing we should be doing. Reading helps you relax and takes your mind off any daily stressors. I also make sure to read a self-improvement book. It makes me go to bed feeling motivated and excited for the next day!
Here are 3 of my favourites:
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2. Write Down What You’re Grateful For
I started using the 5 minute journal this year and it’s been life changing. There’s a morning and nighttime section, and the morning section is where you write 3 things you’re grateful for, so I like to read it over every night. In the nighttime section, you write down 3 things that made today great and 2 things you could have done to make it better. It’s powerful to reflect on your day and to remind yourself what you’re grateful for before you go to sleep. If you don’t use the 5 minute journal, you can use any journal to write down what you’re grateful for. Try to switch it up every night to get your mind working in different ways.
3. Do Yoga at Home
Yoga is a great way to relax before you go to bed, and certain yoga poses are known to help you sleep better. Check out Yoga Journal’s 15 Poses to Help You Sleep Better to find relaxing poses you can do before bed. It will help you calm your mind and release any pent-up tension in your body. It’s such a nice way to relax your mind and body – perfect to do before you go to bed!
4. Plan Out the Next Day
Before I go to bed I like to take some time to plan out my next day. I use the Day Designer to keep me organized. I love it because it provides an hour by hour schedule for your days, so I can plan what I need to get done and put it down in a time slot. Organizing my schedule for the next day helps me sleep easier at night. It makes me feel like I can jump out of bed and know exactly how I need to start my day to be productive!
Whenever I go to the gym, I sleep like a baby. I get so tired at night and fall asleep so quickly if I have a great workout! Exercise is so important to a healthy lifestyle and healthy sleep habits. Working out can also help reduce stress and anxiety, which contributes to better sleep as well. I find I get the best sleep when I do a class at the gym like a spin class or a body weight class. Any type of exercise is good, but I find classes motivate me to work harder than doing my own workout.
6. Take Magnesium
Magnesium is the ultimate sleep supplement. I used to take it in pill form and never really saw a difference, but then I tried the Isotonix brand and I’m obsessed! It comes in powder form and you mix it in water so it becomes isotonic (meaning it becomes the same pressure as your body fluid) and is absorbed super quickly. You can really feel the effect and it tastes delicious too!
7. Cut the Afternoon Caffeine
I always have the hardest time falling asleep if I have caffeine past 3 or 4 pm. Especially if it’s coffee. Coffee really affects me – it makes me so jittery and anxious so I don’t drink it much. But even if I have a black tea, I try to keep it to before 4. If you like to have tea later at night, make sure it’s herbal or decaffeinated. Caffeine can really effect your sleep, both getting to sleep and staying asleep. So cutting your afternoon cup of joe is a good way to sleep better at night.
If you’re looking for simple ways to sleep better, try out these 7 tips! And if you have any other sleep health tips, let us know in the comment section!
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