Here are my TOP FOUR TIPS for a better nights sleep:
1 : Find & Stick To A Schedule
This includes not only the actual times you’re sleeping, but the wind down before you put your head to rest! Do you find yourself scrolling through your phone? Starting at last minute work projects? This will actually deter you from a good night's sleep! Try reading a book, chatting with your significant other, journaling or drawing to calm your mind down. Avoiding bright lights and blue lights in the evening can help you stick to a proper sleep schedule so you will be in rhythm with the evening time and fall asleep better once the lights are low!
2: Exercise Daily
Exercise daily! This may seem like a no brainer or you may be saying to yourself “ well what if I don’t have time?” Get moving any way you can! If you get your heart rate up during the day and get your brain and body moving. Any activity is better than NO activity!
3: Avoid Large Meals Before Bed
You should have the freedom to eat whenever you’re hungry, but if you are finding that you are struggling to sleep at night ask yourself “when do I eat dinner” Is it 2-3 hours before you go to sleep? Try extending that out and eat your larger meals closer to 4-5 hours before bed. Discomfort or movement from your stomach during digestion and things such as heartburn or indigestion are more likely to occur if you eat a large meal too close to laying down! If you’re hungry, try a protein shake or light snack!
4: Comfort Is Key!
Do you love your bedroom space? Does it make you feel cozy? Comfortable? Excited to jump into bed in the evening? Sleeping on a comfortable mattress and pillows are just PART of your sleep experience but arguably the most important! That is why I am so happy to be partnered with Performa Sleep that was not only designed by athletes, for athletes, but firmly believes that a good nights sleep leads to better physical and mental performance during your days! Their mattress is specifically built to ensure a cleaner, cooler night’s sleep. Cooler sleep means faster recovery. Not only that but providing neck, joint and back support are only the start of what a good mattress does for you and your sleeping habits. Not only should your mattress fit your needs but so should your bedroom! The Sleep Foundation recommends you keep your room cool (between 60-67 degrees), free from light and noise that could disturb you and recommends that if you are someone who needs a noise consider a sound machine or fan!