March was all about focusing on sleep for me. (See my other monthly goals here.) For YEARS I have been a night owl. Like, 2am would roll around and I would be surprised how late it was. My body just doesn’t give me the sleepy cues it should to force my buns into bed. The only problem is that I have an early alarm clock and kids that need a functional mama every morning. Now, I might be “functional” after 4 hours of sleep but I am certainly not very nice about it. I realized a couple of years ago that “functional” wasn’t going to cut it anymore and that I wanted to be more pleasant and less grumpy. So, I started changing my sleep habits. I’m still not perfect about it and now I only stay up until 2am if I have deadlines!
I wanted to spend a month focusing on my sleep just to remind myself of how important it is and keep myself on the right sleep track.
Here are some tips for getting better sleep if you tend to stay up late then regret the next morning!
1. Stop looking at tv, phone, laptop, computer, etc. about 30 minutes before you plan to go to sleep. The light messes with your brain and tells your body to stay awake.
2. Go to bed a little earlier each night. If you are staying up until 2am, like I was, it will be a huge adjustment to suddenly hit the hay at 10pm.
3. Don’t nap. For me, a nap always messes up my sleep schedule. If I accidentally crash on the couch on a Sunday afternoon, there is NO WAY I will be able to fall asleep before midnight. I try to avoid naps, at all costs!
4. Do something relaxing. If you are used to watching tv until bedtime, try taking a lavender bath instead. You can also try meditating, stretching, or listening to calm music.
5. Stop eating. Give your body a break from digesting. Try to stop eating several hours before bed. Brush your teeth to help keep you from midnight snacking.
6. Dim the lights. Lights tell your body it’s time to be awake. Start dimming your lights closer to bedtime to naturally tell your bod its time for some snoozing.
7. Fake it till you make it. A lot of times I don’t feel tired but I just make myself go to bed. Some nights it takes me forever to fall asleep but I know that at least my body is still getting rest and that I’m still in the process of teaching myself better sleep habits.
For me, more sleep means I am much nicer, no bags under my eyes, more energy, and mental clarity.
Check out my focus for April and follow along on Instagram! Do you have any more tips for getting better sleep?