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Three Steps Toward a Better Sleep

Do you ever wake up from a less than ideal sleep and then as your day unfolds many things from your mood to work tasks just feel ‘off?’

Sleep is one of THE most important pieces of our wellness routine. We hear this all of the time and if our wellness routine is feeling ‘off’ it’s quite possible that not-enough or interrupted sleep is the culprit.

We know from personal experience how an irregular sleep pattern can affect many aspects of our life, however, we scoured some of the best resources out there to give you some tips and tricks to help you enjoy a better sleep:

  1. Turn off devices at least 30 minutes prior to your bedtime. Yes we love hearing that you’re tracking your spending for the day BUT make sure you give yourself enough time to do digital tasks so that you get at least 30 minutes of non-screen time before you hit the sack.
  2. Create a bedtime routine.  Creating a new habit is hard, however, you’ll be so thankful once you get a routine down pat that gives you better sleep! Try by starting to do all of the tasks you usually do before bed at a certain time to get a sense of how long it actually takes you BEFORE you lay your head down on your pillow. Then, use that as a guide to start your routine a set amount of minutes before you want to actually be in bed ready to sleep. Account for time you want to spend reading before bed too.
  3. Keep a notebook and pen close by. We like to use this to write down all of those swirling thoughts in our head so that they don’t disturb us while we’re trying to fall asleep. One other ritual we love it writing down what you’re grateful for that day; it’s a lovely way to end the day on a positive note.

Those are just a few recommendations, however, for more in-depth information check out Arianna Huffington’s Sleep Resources. She provides a Sleep Quality Questionnaire and a wonderful TED Talk entitled, ‘How to Succeed? Get More Sleep.’

**We are by no means health specialists, we are providing these tips based on our personal experience**