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5 Ways to Sleep Better

Monday, September 8, 2014

I tend to have a super busy schedule and my mind is always running with a million different ideas, projects, plans and meetings. This can make it hard to get a good night's sleep. After many tried and failed attempts, I have found a few tips I use to get a good night's rest. 

1. Create a bedtime routine. I like to create a routine around going to bed. I try to make the routine as consistent as possible. After going through the same motions night after night, your body starts to learn when it's time to wind down and get ready for bed. I like to do my skincare routine, have a cup of herbal tea and read a couple chapters of a book before bed. It slowly winds my mind down to get me ready for bed. 

2. Set a happier alarm. I hate the buzzing sound of an alarm. You are being jerked awake by an unpleasant noise, begging to be silenced. Changing your alarm to something more soothing makes it easier to adjust to being woken up. It definitely helps prevent me from hitting the snooze button, at least more than once. I like to use a clip of Brooke Waggoner's 'Fresh Pair of Eyes' as my alarm to quietly wake me up in the mornings.

3. Dim the screens of your devices. This should be a big no brainer, but technology can be your enemy when it comes to getting a good night's sleep. For me, ditching the devices can be hard to do since I always sleep with an iPad nearby with Netflix playing to help me drift off to dreamland. To prevent it from keeping me awake, I dim the iPad to its lowest brightness setting. This helps me drift to sleep without the bright blue screen keeping me awake.

4. Spray your pillow with a soothing scent. On nights where I am particularly stressed or anxious, I like to spray my pillow with a soothing pillow mist from Bath & Body Works. My favorite scent, Honey Vanilla Dream pillow mist, is sadly discontinued, but they have some other great ones too. The scent is so calming and breathing deeply clears my mind and makes for a really restful night.

5. Try to stay out of your own head. This is the hardest one for me to adhere to. Trying to go to sleep, but being unable to, I end up running through tomorrow's to do list in my head. I get myself all riled up, which is not conducive to a good night's sleep. A great way to avoid this is to get yourself in a comfortable position and really focus on how you feel. I like to think about how I'm in my comfiest pajamas and finally resting after a long day with my comfy pillow and bed. 



46 comments:

  1. Great advice! I try not to take devices to bed because they always keep me awake. :P

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    1. It definitely causes me issue, especially when I fall asleep with it under my pillow! ;)

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  2. I need to do this because I average 3 to 4 hours a night unless I take a sleeping pill, which I hate to do. I have no idea why my brain won't shut off.

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    1. It's usually trying to process everything we did that day. It's so annoying though! I usually have to think of nothing but a green field and try to focus on just that until I can drift off.

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  3. These are all great tips! I have such bad anxiety and can never sleep well.. it takes me hours to finally get to sleep, so I'll have to try these!

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  4. Love this! I try to do a few of these but my problem is that if I go to bed early because I have to wake up before the usual time I wake up in the middle of the night... And the next day I'm exhausted! So I try to stick to my usual bed time as that way I'm only a bit sleepy the next day id it's a early one! xx

    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

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    1. Aw, that is so hard! I hate when my schedule gets all confuddled!

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  5. I have been having the hardest time sleeping these past couple weeks. I'll need to try these suggestions. Thanks!

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  6. I always use essential oils to sleep and on my kids too!

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    1. Smart mom! ;) I think it would saved my parents a lot of aggravation to have done that with me.

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  7. An alarm with a pleasant sound would probably wake me up happy. I'm going to have to look into this.

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  8. Great tips-- I don't usually have a hard time sleeping, but these are just nice suggestions for anyone!

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  9. Lovely advice - especially about dimming the screens. Sometimes I'm nearly asleep and my nearby iPhone pops on and brings me out of it. But I can't get it away from the bed because that's my alarm.

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    1. Yup, that and the damn vibration! My job requires me to get push notifications sent to my phone at all times, which means I had to remember to turn my phone on silent, otherwise I get buzzing all night!

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  10. All great tips. I'm so bad about sticking to a bedtime routine, even though I know it helps ...

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  11. My evening routine definitely puts me to sleep! By the time I'm halfway done I am half asleep!

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  12. These are great tips! I need to try using relaxing scents at night. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. I was up until 1.30am last night in my own head and I could not get to sleep! I envy my boyfriend who falls asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow!

    Katie <

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  14. Great tips! Having a set routine is so important and eliminating distractions, too!
    xo,
    Amanda | affordablebyamanda.blogspot.com

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  15. It's so hard to try to stay out of my own head when I fall asleep but I am trying my best to not think too much once I hit my pillow :) That pillow scent sounds great! I am going to look into it!

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  16. I will have to try these! Routine is so important; I have to remember that on weekends, when I know I don't have to get up at 4:30 like I do the rest of the week - but my body is too used to it!

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  17. Great tips! I really find having a routine helps a whole lot. Since my schedule ha become regular for work, I find myself in a routine. When I started this routine, I noticed I was getting better sleep. I also love using lavender essential oils on my pillow.

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  18. Great suggestions, wearing socks can also help

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  19. I need to share this with my husband, I'm a great sleeper he's a horrible sleeper.

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  20. These are all great tips! I love spraying my pillow with some lavender essential oil. It seems to really help.

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  21. I didn't see have a cup of coffee a couple hours before you go to bed on there. :) As you can see, I need help- thanks so much for the tips! :)

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  22. I meditate and try to wind down in order to keep my mind from racing! Great tips!! :) I also LOVE pillow spray!!

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  23. simply amazing. <3 Enjoying reading your posts, waiting for the next post;) xx Peach

    http://momomoworld.blogspot.com

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  24. Great tips! I'm a pain for taking devices to bed with me, but I'm trying harder not to.

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    1. I understand the need because I just can NOT fall asleep without it so instead I just make sure the screen has been dimmed as much as it can be and that all devices are on silent!

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  25. #5 is the hardest for me ! I'm up late anyway at night and my brain never wants to shut off.

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  26. I turn off my computer 30 minutes before bed and read a book or something! It always works.

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  27. You're right! Turning on a "happier" alarm totally helps to wake up in the morning!

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  28. I'd be interested in trying a pillow sleep spray! It would be such a nice way to fall asleep :)

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  29. I have a routine for my son but I never have thought about setting one for myself. I think I need to try that!

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  30. As an insomniac I thank you for this post. You are right about the happier alarm. I cannot do number 5 very well!

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  31. Great advice! Just last night I had the worst time falling asleep! I'll have to try some of these out tonight!

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  32. One and five are my biggest struggles nightly!!! I may need to get some pillow mist (I had no idea they existed) to help out but I think I am going to try your bedtime routine!!

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  33. I find that reading is a great way to unwind and fall asleep earlier! I'll have to try your tips out!

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  34. Nice post really like the poses shown takes time practicing and thank you for the information.

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  35. Sleeping is one of the most important commodities that we have to get enough of. These sleep tips are very important because we simply cannot go from day to day without getting enough sleep. It always affect our productivity, it will also be the root of problems that we will encounter.

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  36. I'm glad to see this post. I have both problems with sleeping time and waking up. After reading this post, hoping I can improve the quality of my sleeping and having a fresh wake up. Thank you a lot

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