A good night of restorative sleep. For some this daily task is an easy win, for others it’s elusive and an ongoing battle. I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum having been prescribed sleeping pills for years, and now enjoying (for the most part) full nights of sleep. I thought I’d weigh in with some tips and tricks on how I’ve achieved this.
- Chamomile tea to wind down
- No screens 30+ minutes before bed
- Read/journal to end my evening
- Complete darkness– especially no blue light. I do not keep a television in my room and use tape to cover any lights which cannot be removed (like on my pesky air purifier).
- Optimal temperature (for me it is high 60s)
- Sleep mask if necessary and a silk pillowcase. The silk is gentle on both your hair and face.
- Comfortable and breathable bedding. I suggest organic cotton or bamboo.
- Wash sheets with clean/green laundry detergent. Scents and chemicals can interfere with rest, especially if you have allergies like I do.
- Use a gentle alarm clock to wake, like this sunrise simulator
Things I do throughout the day to help:
- Wear blue light glasses. These Pixel glasses have been a game changer for both migraines and better sleep. If I have ONE item to recommend for all millennials, it’s these glasses. You can use the code PIXEL17 for $5 off.
- Hydrate – this one I’m still working on improving. Turns out no matter how many espressos one consumes, that liquid doesn’t count towards hydration. Who knew? 😉
- Movement! Get your steps in, take a pilates class, do a stretch – whatever it is that you enjoy.
Supplements / Herbs:
- CBD (15mg)
- Reishi (love Four Sigmatic)
- Melatonin + L-Theanine
Another tip is to avoid caffeine and alcohol. While I drink only a few times a year, it always interrupts my sleep. And, I do consume more caffeine than I should. We are all a work in progress….