To ensure you have the best day of your life you have to be totally committed to having the best sleep the night before. I take my sleep pretty serious. I start my mornings every morning at 4am… I know, I know. How do I do it? Easily, a quality night’s sleep the night before and a solid morning routine. Need tips on a good morning routine? Read Here.
Now, back to this thing we call sleep.
It’s necessary. It isn’t optional. A quality dose of good night sleep is a form of self-care. When choosing to sleep well it means you honor your body’s need for the proper amount of rest. Sleep is largely impactful on your physical health. Studies show, sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Yikes, ain’t nobody got time fa that! Properly resting the body results in increased health, heighten productivity and higher vibrations. Want to get there? Here are my 3 favorite hacks for the best sleep of your life.
Coloring Before Bed
Adult coloring books are a legit, real investment. They’re life changing. Over the last few years, adult coloring books have become a solution to help reduce stress and anxiety in those who color. It’s become a form of therapy to most. The adult coloring trend is rapidly growing. I just so happened to discover that it is very calming and perfect to do before bed. There’s a multitude of themes and styles of coloring books that’ll appeal to your liking. I recommend coloring for at least 15-20 minutes before bed while having a cup of tea. Choose your tea wisely. My favorite tea to have while coloring? My Tea Drops’s Vanilla White Tea. A simple vanilla white tea that is gentle to the senses, soothing, and sweet. White tea is the mildest of all tea varieties and subtly blends with pure vanilla in perfect harmony. Low in caffeine and calming to the senses, this is a wonderful tea that can be enjoyed anytime – especially as added bonus to your nightly coloring routine. Order yours HERE.
Listening to Mediation Sounds Before Bed
My favorite playlist to listen to before bed is a collection of 50 mediation songs and sounds. Download here. Good sleep is tough when your thoughts are overpowering you at night. So, I started studying my sleep patterns. I realized that my most unsettled nights of sleep derive from me being overwhelmed with thoughts of events that occurred earlier that day. I also find myself trying to plan out my day in advance before bed, terrible habit. Along with studying my sleep patterns, I started documenting my dreams in a journal. My not so pleasant dreams only occur when I am overwhelmed with stress before sleeping. When I meditate before bed or create a more calming experience for myself I wake up not having dreamt at all. I am definitely in a more relaxed state of being. I create this experience by first:
- Putting on my headsets and starting the playlist.
While lying flat on my back in bed with my hands on my sides, I take several calming deep breaths inward and outward. I usually do 3-5 deep breaths, but do as much as you need to feel relaxed.
I do these breathing exercises until I feel completely calm.
–As the playlist plays I focus on clearing my mind or anything that isn’t relative to sleep. As I drift off to sleep I do not bother removing the headsets. I let the meditation sounds play as I sleep. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and realize they’re still on, but because I am so relaxed it is easier for me to drift right back to sleep. Try it out!
Don’t Eat Before Bed or Don’t Go to Bed Starved
You’re probably thinking “well which one is it, eat or don’t eat?” The answer is balance. I don’t go to bed extremely hungry because it just causes me to think about food. If I absolutely have to have a bite to eat, I’ll do a light snack. Something like a few handfuls of organic popcorn or fruit. Either way, I make sure that I have a good well balanced meal at least 2-3 hours before I lay it down for bed. This is to ensure that my sleep isn’t disrupted or I am not feeling too bloated before bed. Practice balancing healthy eating habits for a solid good night sleep.
Also, I found a really great article via Apartment Therapy. They share all of the ingredients for a sleep spell. I plan on trying it out. You should too. Click to view article.
Be Inspired. Be Encouraged. Be Blessed.
Photo Cred: Shirley Beniang of Shirley’s Wardrobe