We’ve all had those nights where you just can’t sleep. I know I have, so much. Over the past couple years, I have really figured out that I there are some things you shouldn’t do before bed. So here are my tips to getting a better sleep and getting to bed faster!
- Put your cell phone/technology to sleep. You don’t have to turn it off but it is very important to spend the last 30 – 45 minutes before bed winding down. The light from cell phones/TVs/Laptops/etc will delay the release of melatonin. Basically, the light doesn’t allow your brain to shut off. Your brain, even though tired will keep going because of the strain of your eyes. Here’s a credible website with more information: Relax, Turn Off Your Phone, and Go to Sleep by HBR.ORG
- Take a moment to go over your day, and think about all the things you did. Did you accomplish something? Did something get swept to the side? Take a few moments and think through everything that happened. Make a mental list of things that you need to do the next day. Think about the people you need to talk to, just think. Thinking is an amazing way to not only tired your brain but also to process everything that happened, that way you don’t go to sleep with it still weighing heavily on your chest.
- After you’ve put all your electronics up for the night, pick up your home. This is something that I try to practice every night. Once my phone is on the charger, my laptops down, and tv’s off, I go to picking up my apartment. I fix the sofa’s pillows, fold the blankets, wash some dishes, put up food that may still be left out, and usually at this point I’m yawning like no other and I’m ready to go to bed. Usually, I still need to do a few things in my room, maybe fix the pillows or clean up the bathroom from the day.
- Journal your goals for the next day. Now, this isn’t something I personally do but I have heard it works wonders. It’s basically a to-do list, but maybe will outlandish goals. I have a friend who does this every single night and she says it makes her days so much easier. Which I can defiantly understand, because then when you wake up the next day you’ll already have a list of everything you need to do.
Give these a try, and let me know if they help any! I’d love to know!
Love, Megan Anne
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