If you’re reading this, chances are that you’re having a difficult time getting enough sleep each night. Maybe it’s the endless stream of thoughts that start creeping into your mind just after you close your eyes. Maybe it’s the sense of dread that comes with knowing you have to head to a job you hate the next morning. Maybe it’s a nagging ache in your back that keeps you from getting comfortable.
Whatever the reason, don’t let anything stand in the way of a good night’s sleep. Truly, sleep is one of the most important ways to balance your life, safeguard your health, and recharge your mind, body, and spirit. If you’ve been struggling to fall or stay asleep, here are a few things you can do to improve your overall health, wellness, and sleep routine:
A calmer life
Whether you implement a daily yoga session, make time for a slowly-sipped cup of tea in the early morning hours, or initiate a daily meditation practice, you must embrace a life of calm to fully prepare yourself for a restful sleep. If your days are spent rushing around from task to task with little time left to breathe or pray or smell the flowers, your evenings will be no different. By creating positive habits of self-care throughout our day, we can instill a sense of calm and presence into our lives that will, undoubtedly, open us up to a whole, new way of life.
A nightly sleep routine
In addition to establishing self-care rituals throughout your day, it’s vital to create a nightly sleep routine. You can design this practice to best suit your preferences, but consider drawing yourself a warm Epsom salt bath, listening to soft music, lighting a few candles, journaling, or engaging in a session of deep breathing. (Bonus: A pre-sleep gratitude practice can also prove instrumental in boosting your happiness levels by as much as 25 percent!)
A sleep sanctuary
Your bedroom is the most intimate room in your home. It’s the place where you allow yourself to be most vulnerable; therefore, the energy of the room should reflect this openness and inspire serenity. Instead of allowing your bedroom to evolve as it may, design your bedroom to thoughtfully support the room’s function. As a place of calm, your bedroom should be a sleep sanctuary: eliminate light pollution, distractions, and electronics as immediately as possible.
A better mattress
Though you likely spend little time reflecting on such a pragmatic purchase after it’s been delivered to your home, your mattress is truly the foundation for a better night’s sleep. If you’re waking up with aches and pains each morning, you could be in need of a new mattress. To purchase a better mattress, you’ll want to do your homework. Look for manufacturers with experience in the industry, the use of superior materials, and a generous trial period with a top-rated warranty.
Have you noticed an improvement in your sleep after implementing these tips? What’s made the biggest difference in your life?