Sometimes the most craveable thing is a good night’s sleep.
But how can we rest easy when we have the stress from earlier in the day lingering above us and the worries of everything that needs to be done?
I was like that and occasionally still am. All the worries would bring whatever type of anxiety I had through the roof and all it did was keep me awake.
Then I would wake up groggy and restless only to find that the next day would be as miserable as the night before.
Until I came across ways to ease my troubles and start focusing on getting quality sleep.
Prepping before bed was what helped me ease the worries and overwhelming thoughts, as well as getting a better night’s sleep.
This list is for you to try, whether one thing at a time or the whole list as a routine. It all depends on how you want to take it. I hope it helps you as much as it has done wonders for my sleep too!
There is nothing like the feeling of a clean home, but have you ever cleaned up right before settling in for the night?
One word: AMAZING
This is going to keep the ‘things I have to do around the house’ list far from your mind. You’ll be worry-free and feeling accomplished when your head hits that pillow.
Pre-plan The Next Day
Now, I’m not going to lie. I don’t always pre-plan the next day because I let my excuses talk me out of it.
But when I do, boy oh boy, it’s such a great feeling.
Kinda like when tidying up your home beforehand, you don’t have to let your mind run throughout the night with all of what you need to do.
You can get a good night’s sleep when you pre-plan everything because you’re putting your trust in what’s already set to be done.
So plan out your day, even if it’s just a little list of things you want to be done, and kick up your feet and relax.
Spend Time With Your Loved Ones
After a day of just being on the go and in the routine of things, it’s easy to skip out on quality time with those you love.
Take some time to enjoy the presence of the ones you love around you, whether it’s your significant other, your kids, parents, or pets.
This will help you feel good at the end of the night and you’ll be glad you did it.
Take A Warm Shower/Bath
There is nothing more I love than a good warm shower (Actually, I like it hot!).
It relaxes you and is a great way to prep you for a good night’s rest.
And if you take a bath, you can even add some lavender bubble bath to help calm and relax you even more.
Unplug From Technology
If there is one thing to do to get a good night’s sleep, definitely consider turning off the electronics (TV, Phone, Tablet, etc.).
The use of electronics right before bed can delay your body’s natural internal clock and makes it harder to sleep, according to the sleepfoundation.org.
Unplug an hour before bed and see how much of a difference it can make in your sleep quality.
When’s the last time you stretched? That’s a question my husband always asks me, but he’s got a point.
Stretching right before bed is a good way to relax your muscles.
Whether you sit or are on your feet all day, stretching will help alleviate all that tension and does the trick for a good night’s sleep.
Do your stretches or follow along with stretches before bed routine video.
I know not all people will want to partake in meditating, but if you want a simple way to clear your mind, meditation can help with that.
When you clear your mind from the day’s events, it can help with not having running thoughts while trying to sleep.
Listen to a 10 minute guided meditation or sit in silence for 5-10 minutes to clear your mind before going to sleep.
Have you ever read a book and instantly got tired? Why not try reading before bed!
Reading before bed is a better thing to do than to be watching tv anyways.
Pick up a book and just read a chapter or two to help you settle into a nice sleep.
Write In A Journal
I can’t count how many times I heard it be said that journaling is a form of therapy.
Since we all have a lot of things going through our minds, why not leave it on paper while you get a good night’s sleep.
Seriously, brain dump your thoughts in a journal and clear up that headspace to get better sleep.
3 Things You’re Grateful For
Last but certainly not least, remind yourself of the 3 things you are grateful for.
Life can be overwhelming and it can feel like things are getting tough, but no matter what you are feeling, do your best to have gratitude.
By writing out the 3 things you are most grateful for, whether from that day or in general, you are giving yourself perspective and can help boost your mood.
So what 3 things are you grateful for right at this moment?
When you sleep well you feel good and these simple but effective ways to get a better night’s sleep will do just that!
Whether you try one of these ways or all of them, your better rest is assured!
What are some ways you get better sleep at night? Let me know in the comments below!
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