1. Set a specific bedtime. If you are like me and 30 minutes after that time comes too quickly you might want to play games with yourself, and make your set bed time a little bit earlier. Kind of along the same lines as setting your clocks 10 minutes fast to help with being on time.
2. 1 hour before your bedtime turn the lights down low, or off to help your body adjust for sleep.
3. Keep your room as dark as possible. Light actually effects the quality of the sleep you have. To get a better, deeper night sleep get rid of as much light as you can.
4. Minimize electronics in your room. Keep the ones you need in your bedroom as far away from your bed as possible. I need to work on this one. My baby monitor and alarm clock are right next to my head. In keeping with #3 make sure your electronics are as dim as possible. If I remember correctly I think I saw on the doctors blue light is the worst, green is medium, and red is the best in terms of an alarm clock. It is better if you don’t need one but I definitely do! I have not mastered the sleeping without an alarm yet, or maybe I am just too tired.
5. This is not a recommendation I have read anywhere but for me white noise is helpful. It helps me quiet my mind by concentrating on the noise.
6. Turn down the thermostat. Our bodies like to sleep in a cooler environment, so make sure your room is not too warm at night.
I hope some or all of these tips help. Sleep helps us cope with our day to day activities with a much brighter outlook. A good night sleep can really lift your spirit. The more rested we are the more patience we have, and the better ability we have to deal with stressful situations. When your mind and body are rested it is easier to stay centered and avoid getting as overwhelmed. Although it is much easier to say than to do, when your set bedtime rolls around put the to do list down, and tell yourself you will be healthier and better off tackling some of those challenges tomorrow.
Do you have any tips to share for a better night of sleep?