We're back with part two of sleep week! Here's 4 more great tips on getting a good night's sleep.
Setting is everything
Make your sleeping space as quiet and comfortable as possible and set the tone for sleep. Kill the lights, ditch the devices, and adjust the temperature so you'll be comfortable. White noise like a fan or sleep sounds is ok.
The App Store has no shortage of apps that claim to help you sleep. YouTube also boasts thousands of videos meant to provide a soft and sleepy soundtrack for your dreams, from ocean and rain sounds to sleep meditations. Experiment with sound and explore what's available to help you sleep deep.
Stop the Toss and Turn
If you're tossing and turning each night for hours, stop it. If your mind is racing with all the things you need to do, get out of bed and write it down. If you're just restless, get out of bed and do some gentle, light stretching then try again. If sleep just wont come, grab a cup of sleepy herbal tea, like lavender or chamomile and read quietly for 20 minutes, then go lay down again.
When the alarm goes off, give yourself a good long stretch. This wakes up your body and gears you up for the day. Get out of bed within 10 minutes and get your day going with a cool shower. Setting your clothes out the night before can cut out some early morning stress too!
If You're Still Struggling
If you've made changes and are still struggling to get adequate sleep, it may be time to see your doctor and request a sleep study. There may be underlying conditions that are preventing you from getting some shut-eye.