Sleep shouldn’t be a chore, it should be easy! Making slight changes to your habits during the day and right before bed can make sleep easier to achieve and bedtime more enjoyable.
Here are 5 winding down tips to help you achieve a better night’s sleep.
1. Be Active During the Day
It’s not just your actions right before bed that affect the ease with which you fall asleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, at least 150 minutes of physical activity during the day can improve your sleep at night. The more energy you burn during the day, the more tired you will be at night. So from the minute you wake up, your actions affect your quality of sleep, so get out there and move!
2. Change the Way You Think About Sleep
The more you fight sleep, the more challenging it will be for you to achieve. If you view sleep as a chore, it’s going to be more of a struggle. Try to look forward to sleep and make it an important part of your routine. Remember, sleep is a time to rejuvenate, a time to be still and a time to enjoy the calm. When it comes time to go to bed at night, you will find the experience easier and more enjoyable.
3. Go to Sleep Only When You Are Tired
While it’s important to try to maintain a consistent sleep schedule, it’s not a good idea to force sleep. If you go to lay your head down and you aren’t feeling tired, try reading or listen to a podcast until you are truly tired. Attempting to fall asleep when you aren’t ready will simply make you stressed, decreasing your ability to fall asleep.
4. Slip on Some Socks
Many may argue that they cannot sleep with socks on, but actually, wearing socks can promote better sleep. According to sleep.org, the warmer your feet, the easier it is to fall asleep. When your blood vessels in your feet are dilated, your body knows it’s bedtime. So pull out those fuzzy footies and enjoy sweet dreams.
5. Strategize Your Hydration
While you should drink a lot of water throughout the day for many health reasons, it also has a correlation to better sleep. Not only should you try to drink a good amount of non-caffeinated fluids throughout the day, you should also drink a bottle of water before you go to bed. Dehydration can cause you to be parched, to snore and to get cramps, all of which are detrimental to your sleep.
What are your tips for winding down? Share in the comments! Also, be sure to check our first set of winding down tips.