Sleep is such an integral part of our overall health and well being. When I was younger, I could fall asleep quickly ANYWHERE and stay asleep. I would wake up in the morning feeling well rested, full of energy and ready to take on the day. As the years have gone by, I have continually noticed that my sleep quality and quantity is really diminishing. Part of it is probably the increase of blue lights and stress, but I do believe there are lots of factors that we can control to help us get a better night’s sleep. I’ve found that when I stick to my nighttime routine, I not only sleep longer but better.
Keep A Notebook By Your Bed
Most of the time, I can’t fall asleep because I have so many ideas and thoughts in my head. Keeping a notebook by my bed helps me get all that information out of my head and onto paper so I can stop thinking about it and rest easy that I won’t forget. In the morning, I can easily grab my notes and process them.
Your Mattress Matters!
I have to admit, I didn’t realize how much of a difference a proper mattress makes. For years, I would wake up feeling exhausted and with an achy back. I thought it was just because I “slept wrong” but once I switched to the Nectar Lush mattress, my sleep was revolutionized. The Nectar Lush has dual action cooling, which is a big deal for me because if I’m too hot — forget about sleeping! It also features superior support and comfort due to the 12” of premium layers that are literally engineered for your best rest. You can use my link and code MAEBAD for $100 off your Nectar mattress! There are so many different options and I love that the Nectar website helps you figure out which is best for you.
Your Bedding Matters!
I never thought that sheets and comforters would impact me that much but last year, I decided to invest in high quality sheets and a comforter and let me tell you — wow! I love the feeling of slipping into a soft, cozy bed. These sheets are so luxurious and so affordable! I just got another set in the navy polka dot pattern, but I also have the white stripes and there are so many other options!
Stop Drinking Water 3 Hours Before Bed
You gotta give your body enough time to get rid of all that liquid otherwise you’ll be waking up and running to the bathroom all night long! 😉
Say Affirmations While Putting On Skincare
I believe there’s an emotional component to sleep that is often overlooked. I love to say affirmations while I’m doing my nighttime skincare routine. This helps to put me in the right state of mind for peace and rest. You can also repeat what you’re grateful for. The objective is to get into bed in a positive and grateful mood.
Essential Oils That Help Sleep
Of course lavender is a commonly known essential oil that helps with sleep, but I also love to use rose and woodsy scents like cedar. Anything that is calming and relaxing will work great!
Use A Weighted Blanket
Using a weighted blanket is a new thing for me but it’s really helping me stay asleep. There’s so much information about weighted blankets, they are supposed to help with anxiety and sleep and make you feel like you’re getting a great big hug! Weighted blankets mimic a type of therapy called deep touch pressure therapy. Pressure on the body may increase the release of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is frequently called the “happy” chemical because it creates a sense of calm and well-being. I grabbed this super affordable one and I am loving it!
Get Off Electronics 1 Hour Before Bed
I know, I know…we’ve all heard this before but it is so true. The blue light emitted from electronics can impact our sleep. If you absolutely must be on your phone or tablet, at least wear blue light blocking glasses.
What’s your sleep routine? How many hours per night do you get?