Sleep is the most important ingredient for most things. Want to ace that big exam, interview or presentation? Sleep more. Want to lose weight? Sleep more. Want to be more friendly or grateful? Sleep more.
And yet, night after night we find ourselves losing track of time watching TV or browsing the Internet and before we know it, it’s way past our bed time.
..It can’t be just me who does this?
Lately, though, I’ve been making a big effort to not be my own worst enemy and, as a result, I’ve been sleeping really well. Here are some of the things that have worked for me!
1. Night time yoga. The 7:30-8:45pm class has become an almost daily practice now. I love going to yoga at this time because it does a perfect job at relaxing me and quieting my mind before bed. The best pose for insomnia? Legs in the air or up a wall.
2. Meditation apps. I downloaded, “Relax Melodies-Free” a couple of months ago. It’s an app with all kinds of soothing and natural sounds, and you can mix and match sounds, as well as, set a sleep timer. There are so many free apps similar to this one, I definitely recommend looking into them!
3. Shut down electronics 30 minutes before bed. This is a big one. Unplug. Read a book before bed. Shower. Meditate. Snuggle. Anything other than starring at your computer, TV or cellphone.
4. Don’t drink water right before bed. I stop drinking water usually after dinner to make sure I don’t wake up in the middle of the night. This works well for me since I drink so much water during the day.
5. Turn off distracting lights and sounds. Make sure the lights from computers, printers, clocks, etc. aren’t distracting or affecting your sleep. Get a fan for white noise if it’s loud outside your bedroom and wear sleep mask if there’s uncontrollable light in your room (I did this in college and couldn’t have been happier).
6. Exercise every day. Even on rest days, try to do something active like go for a walk or stretch.
What are you tips for getting a restful, deep night sleep? How important is sleep to your functionality?