I’m so tired. Sound familiar?! That’s because we all seem to be tired, ALL. THE. TIME. The world seems to be stuck in a perpetual exhaustion epidemic. Well, we’re tired of it (cheesy pun intended)! We wanted to break down the simple changes we can make in our daily lives to have the best sleep ever! No more waking up tired, but instead refreshed, rested, and ready to take the world by storm.
Show your Bed some Love | Seems like common sense, but if you’re literally sinking into your bed, it might be time to buy a new mattress. If you want to love going to sleep, you need to deck your bed out like the Queen she is. Let’s think about this. Why do we sleep so well at hotels? Nice firm mattress, tons of supportive fluffy pillows, and crisp high thread count sheets all set the stage for a beautiful night’s sleep.
Screen Time | You’ve heard this a million times before, “you should turn your phone off an hour before bed!” Why you ask!? Well, the blue light emitted from our beloved screens may keep us from falling asleep by suppressing serotonin and throwing off our body's natural circadian rhythm. Whoa, Science! Okay, so that was a lot, but basically it messes with your body’s flow.
Set the Temperature | You might be surprised to know that the perfect sleeping temp is somewhere between 60 and 67 degrees. Keeping the temperature lower helps your body get ready to sleep faster and stay asleep to reach REM sleep.
White Noise | There’s a reason that every other baby in the country sleeps with a sound machine. It’s peaceful. It’s relaxing. And it cancels out disturbances, like say a snoring partner… not that we know what that’s like.
Comfy Clothes | Ditch the bra, tight clothes, and synthetic fabrics that don’t breathe. Instead, opt for soft, loose, natural fibers that help your body temp stay nice and regulated while you sleep. No overheating here.
Bonus Tip: Morning Stretches | The yogi of the people, Tara Stiles, swears by a body awakening stretch in your bed to awaken your muscles and joints. She looks well-rested and is super bendy, so we totes believe it.
So turn that tv off, slip into your softest tee, set the thermostat to 60, and get those whale sounds jamming. Can’t get enough sleep research? Check out the National Sleep Foundation for more science, but just not an hour before bed.