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.