Get a Better Night's Sleep
We could all use a few extra hours of sleep at night. Sometimes that alarm clock rings just a little too early in the mornings. Though we can’t always add more hours of sleep, we can definitely enhance the sleep we are already getting. If you feel like it’s a struggle to wake up or you’re still feeling exhausted in the morning, try one of these ideas tonight at your apartment.
It definitely starts long before your head hits the pillow. An hour or so before you head to bed, try a calming night routine. This could include drinking tea, taking a warm bath, or reading a book. Try to avoid the bright lights of a TV, cellphone, or computer screen. This will help your mind and body relax and prepare for sleep.
Certain smells can also aid in feeling more relaxed. A lavender sheet spray or diffuser in your room can help here. Try avoiding caffeine later in the afternoon as this can keep you awake at night as well.
Check your mattress and pillows. A simple fix like rotating your mattress or a sturdier pillow could really help enhance your sleep quality.
While an intense workout can get your heart and mind going, and in turn keep you awake, there are some exercises that can help you sleep better. Deep stretching and yoga can really calm your body and your mind. Check out this 8-minute workout for better sleep.
Take note of what things stay on your mind and might keep you up at night. Make a list of the things you need to accomplish the next day. Getting a really good night’s sleep will help you be more effective the next day.
If you take long naps during the day, this could also hinder your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep at night.
For some people, the inability to sleep is a more serious problem and should be brought to the attention of a doctor. However, for most of us, these tips can really help you get a better night’s sleep and feel more relaxed. Thanks for reading our Liv Ahwatukee Blog! We hope you have a great month here in Phoenix, Arizona!