We’ve talked about how important it is to get enough sleep in order for your body to fully recover and function at its best, but how do you go about creating a routine for yourself that will help you get enough sleep? Well, routine is the key word here.
Establishing consistency is a huge help when it comes to getting the proper amount of sleep.
The more your body gets used to doing the same thing day in and day out, the easier it will be to fall asleep when you’re supposed to. Here are some things that can help get you into the best sleep routine.
Establish a consistent exercise routine
Regular exercise can do wonders for your body and mind as you know. It seems pretty obvious to point out that exercising will make you tired and help you get to sleep quicker but it’s worth the reminder. Even a little bit of regular activity every day is better than no activity. Your body needs sleep to recover from intense exercise so these two things really go hand in hand. Exercise needs sleep and sleep needs exercise!
Create to-do lists every night
Creating to-do lists will do more than just help you get more organized and be more productive. By writing down everything you have to do the following day, it allows your mind the opportunity to rest because you won’t need to worry about remembering everything you have to do. Generally speaking, the more decision making you can remove from your daily routine, the less you have to think about those decisions and the more energy you can put towards getting things done. Create your nightly to-do list and go to bed worry free.
Wind down before bed
There are several things you can do to ensure that your brain is getting the memo that it’s almost bedtime. If you want to shoot for the stars, try eliminating screen time for an hour before bedtime. You can end up putting your brain into sensory overload with too much screen time, which makes it difficult for your brain to shut off. Other things you can do to help get into sleep mode are creating a set list of things you do at the same time every night before bed like brushing your teeth, washing your face, and picking out your clothes for the next day. It’s all about consistency.
Go to sleep at the same time every night
Speaking of consistency, going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning will go a long way towards helping your body know when to shut it down. Set reminders on your phone 60 and 30 minutes before your desired bedtime so you know when to start your wind down routine and stay on schedule. Before you know it, you will be sleeping like a baby every night!
Getting enough sleep is so important for your health but it doesn’t automatically happen for everyone that once they hit the pillow they are asleep in minutes. You might find yourself having to be very intentional with the above practices in order to see the results of falling asleep faster. Treat yourself as your very own science experiment and try a few things before you settle on the right routine for you. Trial and error will help you find something you can stick with and get all those z’s you need to feel your best.