Your day starts the night before. Your mood and mindset before you hit the pillow can make or break your sleep, and in turn, your tomorrow. But fear not, having a good night’s sleep and waking up refreshed and ready to tackle the day is easier than you might think. Here are five simple ways you can improve your bedtime routine and your sleep for a better tomorrow:
Brain Dump: At the end of the day, your mind is swirling with everything you didn’t get done and what needs to get done tomorrow. Keep a notepad and pen by your bed to write a detailed To Do list. Get it all on paper and off your mind!
[Check out these adorable notepads and this one is perfect for those nights you can’t sleep well and just keep “thinking”.]
Tune Out: Studies show that screen time before bed (reading on iPhone, laptop, TV, etc) can disrupt your body’s melatonin production, a necessary hormone for sleep, leaving you wired and unable to rest. Creating a bedtime routine with no screen time for at least 30 minutes before bed can mean falling asleep and staying asleep.
Develop a Routine for Yourself: As moms we are careful to keep our kids’ bedtimes the same. Make a bedtime for yourself too. Try to go to bed around the same time as much as possible to train your body to wind down for sleep.
Go to Bed Sleepy, Not Exhausted: Moms know, if little ones are overtired they won’t fall asleep easily. The same is true for adults. Try to go to bed when you are tired, not exhausted.
Relax: You don’t need to do a 30 minute yoga or meditation session to get relaxed before bed. Reading a simple, entertaining book for a few minutes can get you to a relaxed and restful state.
Take a few minutes for yourself at night and rest well for a better tomorrow! What’s your best method to get a good sleep?