5 Ways To Get A Better Night’s Sleep

5 Ways To Get A Better Night’s Sleep

February 21, 2018 0 By Juliet Elizabeth Petersen

Sleep and I have always had a love/hate relationship. If you were to ask me whether I’m a night owl or an early bird, I’d say I like staying up late enough to watch the sunrise. Yeah, I’m that person who’ll stay up until four in the morning reading a good book.

But that is finally changing!

After years of hearing my brother get up at four in the morning to get to his job or listening to my mom talk about getting up every morning at 6:30, I’ve always wanted to get better at going to bed early. If only just to prove that I could.

Well, I’ve been doing some research to help me get more Z’s at night and wanted to share them with you 🙂 If you’re a night owl like me, I hope they can help you get some more sleep at night.

Keep your food out of the bedroom

Cereal in Bed

When I get off work, all I want to do is grab a meal and curl up in bed to watch a video. The problem with this, is that I’ll get so comfortable in my bed, I don’t want to move. Soon, one video turns into hundreds and at midnight I gape at the clock wondering where my time went.

Instead, keep your meals in the kitchen. It’ll stop you from vegging out in your room or even on the couch.

Create a daily, consistent sleep schedule

Clock

Know when you want to get up and when you want to go to bed. Develop a nightly ritual so your body will know it’s time to sleep. If you have a bathtub, it’s nice to take a bath or at least let your feet soak for a few minutes. It’s calming and eases the tension you’ve been carrying all day. Also, adding lavender drops or Epsom salt is really nice as well.

Avoid electronics an hour before bedtime.

Smart Phone

I’m terrible at this, but it’s so true. Try to keep your phone off or outside your room when you want to sleep. It’s so tempting to jump onto Facebook or do an internet search, but allow yourself a break. The bright light tricks your brain into thinking its noon.

Also, it’ll help to de-clutter your mind if you give yourself an hour to wind down and relax. Many professionals recommend keeping your electronics out of your room, but if you’re like me, that’s really really hard to do. Especially if your alarm is on your phone. Just ensure your electronics don’t take away from quality sleep.

Focus on relaxing

Reading at Sunset

Bedtime is not the time for sweets, alcohol, drugs, caffeine, or any other kinds of stimulants. Curb your sweet tooth by drinking some warm milk or even water. (We all could use more hydration) just don’t drink too much or else you’ll find yourself running to the loo in the middle of the night.

When you’re in bed, take deep calming breathes as you prepare for sleep. If you need, keep a journal to write out anything on your mind. That way you’ll keep yourself from hamster wheeling over every little detail of the day.

Make your bedroom your den

A Safe Den

Make your bed something that you long to sleep in. (It’s recommended that you get a new mattress every ten years if not sooner). Try sleeping in a hammock or on the floor. Both have surprising health benefits. Put a little lavender oil on your wrists or a dried sprig in your pillowcase. Also keep it dark and cool. Most experts recommend keeping the temperature between a cool 60-67 degrees. Again, think of it as your cave or den. Someplace you want to curl up and fall asleep in.

What helps you get the most rest? Mention it in the comments! As always, thanks for reading!


There are a lot of really great websites to help you with your sleeping goals. I’ve listed a few of them here in case you want to find more help.

Here are some other websites with sleeping tips:

Mayo Clinic: 6 Steps to Better Sleep

Healthy Sleep, Behavioral Sleep Consultation

Huffington Post: 37 Science-Backed Tips for Better Sleep Tonight

 

For those of you with newborns here are some sites with tips to help you get the best rest that you can while your little one grows:

Parents Say: 8 Ways for New Parents To Get More Sleep

8 Ways to Combat New Moms’ Sleep Troubles

13 Ways to Cope With Newborn Sleep Deprivation

 

Also, here are some great foods that you can try to help you sleep better:

16 Bedtime Snacks That Will Help You Sleep SO Much Better