I love waking up in the morning refreshed and in a good mood. It makes a huge difference in my day if I get a good night sleep. When I sleep well, I can easily wake up at 5am ready to start my day in a positive frame of mind. I feel optimistic, cheerful, ready to tackle the tasks on my to-do list, and totally up to the challenges of the day.
Lately I’ve had troubles waking up early in the morning. I felt like I didn’t get enough sleep, I was moody and sluggish. I felt worn out and unmotivated. I didn’t like it. I didn’t like myself.
So out of my own curiosity, I did a bit of research for some tips about sleeping well that I didn’t already know and tried them out to see if they made a difference.
These are the things that help me get a better sleep and wake up easily in the morning:
– The most important thing I do is go to bed at 10pm. This one helps me the most. I have to wake up at 5am everyday and I know I need at least 7 hours of sleep, so I try to fall asleep by 10pm. I do that by going to bed early and I don’t wait until I feel sleepy. If I get my 7 hours of sleep, I wake up without difficulty.
– I follow a night time routine: I tidy up my kitchen so that I wake up to a clean and inviting space, plan for my breakfast, lay out my clothes, take a shower, brush my teeth, set my alarm, and read a book. When I do the same routine over and over again, my body knows that I am ready for sleep every night.
– I don’t eat anything after 7pm. Sometimes, an apple, an orange, or just Greek yogurt, but usually I don’t eat much at dinner.
– I avoid the bright blue light of the computer after 8pm. I prefer reading a book – it really makes my eyes tired and helps me fall asleep faster.
– I change my bed sheets often. Clean sheets entice me to bed earlier; who doesn’t love the feeling and the smell of fresh, clean sheets?
– I keep the room a little colder than I would like it to be.
– I try to do some kind of exercise every day; I either use the 7-minute-workout app, or I take a long walk.
– Right after I close my eyes, before I fall asleep, I think about a few things that happened that day which I am grateful for. I know I should write them down, but I just don’t like to write in bed. I always, always fall asleep feeling grateful, content, at peace with myself, and smiling back to a nice memory.
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If you want, you can try some other things that will definitely help you get a better sleep:
- Get ready for the next day: write down a quick to-do list, prepare your breakfast and lunch, and lay out your clothes, so you don’t have to worry about that when you go to bed.
- Spend some quality time with your friends or with your partner. Laughter is a great way to relieve stress and it’s essential for your soul.
- Keep your bedroom dark.
- Share the things you are grateful for with your partner. It will make you both feel a little happier.
- Practice meditation – it’s an extremely relaxing way to end your day.
- Avoid alcohol late in the evening and have a light meal.
- Don’t exercise too late at night; don’t run for an hour before you go to sleep; if you have to, then keep your exercise light or moderate. Or even better, try some gentle yoga stretches or a yoga bedtime routine.
- Get your electronics out of your bedroom so you can have a restful night sleep.
- Take a long hot bubble bath; use some lavender oil and play your favorite music in the background. Close your eyes, relax, and smile.
- Drink a warm beverage, like milk, chamomile tea, ginger tea, peppermint tea, or any herbal tea.
- Stop thinking about your to-do list, your coworkers, or your boss. Instead, think about three things you are grateful for.
- Avoid starting any argument before you go to sleep and don’t go to bed angry with your partner.
- Go outside and get some sun during the day. Try to spend at least 30 minutes in the sun every day. The sunlight helps you get your vitamin D and it improves your mood.
- Invest in a good mattress.
- Listen to some relaxing music.
Do something good for yourself and end your day on a positive note. It will lower your stress level, relieve any tension, help you unwind, and prepare you for a brighter tomorrow.
What is your evening routine? Do you have any sleep rituals? Let me now in the comments below!
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