Between trying to cram in everything you need to get done and just not being able to relax in general, getting enough sleep is hard. Yeah, I know, sometimes we'd rather sacrifice sleep over other things we want/need to do, but we need sleep!
No amount of coffee can replace sleep – we try really hard, but it doesn't work. It's also not healthy. And if you don't get enough sleep you're going to be unproductive and tired.
2017 is only two months in and I'm keeping up with my goals. (I hope you are too!) I'm always trying to be healthier, but one of my goals is specifically to get more sleep. Because normally I get sick if I don't sleep and after my last cold, I am not dealing with that again.
So naturally, I've tried a few things to help me sleep and I have some favorites. I always have a hard time sleeping (even if I'm exhausted!) so I'm determined to figure out what really works!
Here's what I've tried:
I used to drink chamomile ALL the time before bed. It's really calming and helps you relax at the end of the day. Drinking something warm helps make you sleepy in general, but chamomile has some extra relaxation benefits. (I wrote a blog post about it and other teas!)
I like doing yoga at night, but if it's too intense of a practice it could actually make you less tired. So sometimes I like to just play it safe and meditate instead. It helps clear your mind of anything that might be keeping you up at night. I really like the app headspace. But if I just want something quick, I'll use the relax/breath feature on my Fitbit.
I don't ever fall asleep right when I lay in bed so I usually scroll on my phone. But the lights from your screen can keep you up at night so I recently switched to reading. I use a yellow booklight (it's the blue lights that keep you awake) and I'll just read until I feel like I can't stay awake any longer. Just don't pick a super interesting book, or you'll never fall asleep!
Sleep Cycle App
While this doesn't help me go to sleep, it's definitely helped me feel more rested. You set a timeframe for when you need to wake up in the morning, and then the app tracks your sleeping to make sure you're woken up at the best time during your sleep cycle. I still don't fully understand sure how it senses your sleep cycle, but I definitely wake up more refreshed since I've been using the app. And I've never been a morning person.
The cool people over at Leesa also put together this infographic for tips on becoming a morning person! They're a mattress company, so they know a thing or two about a good night's rest.
If anyone has sleep tips, share, please! Because the more the better. Also, the same things don't work for everyone.
++ If anyone has sleep tips for puppies that would be cool, too. Because mine hasn't let me sleep for the past four days.