So you want to get a better night’s sleep? I get it. Gone are the days of school where all nighters were a weekly occurrence. Adulting aka full time jobs + responsibilities mean we gotta hit the hay at a reasonable hour or risk being grumpy and tired the next day. As I’m sure you’re all well aware, I was not at allllll a morning person – I lived the night owl life and was quite content with it. But recently I fell in love with waking before sunrise – and could not be more addicted to it. Those quiet hours in the morning are my honest to God favourite part of the day + when I’m my most productive – so here’s how I get a good night’s sleep so I can thoroughly enjoy them every single day.
Turn off screens an hour before bed no – phones, iPads, or laptops. If you absolutely need a form of entertainment before bed, you can always read (though this becomes pretty addicting for me!).
Stick to a sleep schedule – try to go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday. I know this can be hard on weekends, so give yourself a one hour grace period. After a few weeks, your body will get used to the schedule and I kid you not, you’ll probably be able to wake up without an alarm.
no more naps
Don’t nap – I’m the worst napper in the world, I always wake up grumpy regardless of how long I’ve slept. Maybe I’m just mad the nap is over? I dunno. If you don’t nap, you’ll be sleepier before bedtime and be able to drift off into slumber quickly.
Invest in quality bedding. This Gel Microfiber Down Alternative duvet from Canadian Down and Feather Company is hypo allergenic (I have the worst allergies, so this is necessary), with a soft 300 thread count shell. It also has a synthetic polyester fill that mimics the properties of luxurious down. Meaning it’s 100% gonna come clutch on those cold winter nights when we’re freezing our buns off. Plus, since this baby is synthetic, it’s machine washable – making it SO easy to care for. Canadian Down and Feather Company has so many other down and feather products, it’s definitely worth taking a look if you’re looking to invest in quality bedding.
Set up a routine for yourself. For example, if you take a shower right before bed, try to do it at the same time every night – it’ll be a signal to your body clock that it’s time to wind down and get some shut eye.
If this means a face masque, reading (see above), or journaling for a few minutes, prior to sleeping, do it. If you’re hyper or excited before bed, it’ll be next to impossible for you drift off and fall asleep quickly. Relaxed you = better sleep, am I right?