With life busier than ever in 2016, sleep has been a major buzz word lately. Arianna Huffington released her book, “The Sleep Revolution,” which went to show that even the most wealthy, talented, and smart people were ignoring the importance of logging enough zzz’s.
We’ve heard the same thing for years; sleep for 7-9 hours to feel refreshed and have a healthy body and mind—but clearly that’s way easier said than done.
This year, one of my resolutions was to prioritize sleep, and it’s been such a energizing shift. Here’s what I’ve been doing, all without having to alter my life too much. I hope these work for you!
- Limit coffee. I know, I know, coffee is everything, but I noticed a huge change in my sleep when I stopped drinking it every day. If I really need/want it, I have an a.m. cup of Joe, then switch to tea. Tea makes me feel super elegant and it also has tons of benefits—especially green tea.
- White noise sleep machine. Two words: life.changing. It completely fades out any outside noises and provides a soothing atmosphere. Here’s the one I love.
- Set an alarm to get ready for bed. It’s not always possible (thank you, life, or anything HBO produces), but I set an alarm for an hour before bedtime to turn of devices and zen out. If I’m not already bare-faced and in PJs, I do that, then read, meditate, stretch, or write in my journal (more on this next). Having a set hour of ‘me time’ is such a peaceful way to end the day.
- Nighttime journal. Simply writing down anything on my mind or to-do list for the next day totally shuts my brain down. I do this right before I turn down the lights so that my thoughts don’t keep me tossing and turning.
- Gratitude. Once the lights are off, I lay and think of three things I’m grateful for. Going to bed with a positive mindset melts away stress and anything that didn’t go well in my day.
I’d love to hear what brings you sweet dreams!
P.S. Here’s Arianna Huffington’s TED talk if you want to hear more.