Five more minutes! We’ve all heard, or said, this refrain. Some of us multiple times each morning. But a proper sleep is the most basic, and one of the most important, forms of self care.
I mean, I know why people don’t sleep enough, because there is so much to do and not enough time to do it in, but sleep is not only when our bodies rest but when they repair themselves.
So it’s time to figure out how much sleep you need each night, and then re-organize your schedule to ensure that you get it. Cut and cull that other stuff, hire or delegate some of it out if you can, but block off that time for sleep and stick to it.
Then, follow these tricks to make your bedroom a place where sleep comes easily…
- make sure linens, mattresses, and pillows are comfortable and supportive, replace if they’re not (it’s February, hit a white sale!)
- ensure that the room is as dark as possible so your brain knows it’s time to sleep and can produce melatonin
- find the right temperature – for most people this is generally on the cool side so you are more inclined to snuggle under the covers
- beds are for sleeping and sex only – remove all other stimuli such as TVs from the room
- turn off back-lit devices at least a half hour before bed, read a book instead
- go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even weekends
- a white noise machine can help drown out distracting noises for light sleepers
- if you share your bed with a partner, consider separate beds or even separate rooms. Crazy? Not at all – you’ll both get a much better night’s sleep without someone tossing, turning or snoring beside you
- Consider a sunrise lamp so that you’re not waking up in the dark