There’s nothing better than a good night sleep.
Austin and I swear by getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night. We believe this is CRUCIAL for proper recovery, keeping a strong immune system, and keeping our hormones balanced. I will say, we HARDLY ever get sick. When people around us are hit with colds, the flu, stomach bug, etc. we are usually always pretty healthy. I honestly believe this is because we priorize our sleep and make sure we get good, quality sleep each night.
We’ve rounded up our 5 TOP TIPS for a GREAT night sleep.
- Block the blue light: Blue light comes from TV, computer, our phones, etc. Studies show that this blue light prevents the body from producing melatonin which helps us fall asleep. We suggest blocking the blue light by turning off the TV and putting the electronics away about 1-2 hours before bedtime. Not possible? You can purchase blue light blocking glasses! I’m not kidding!! I just bought some a while back and love them! I put them on every evening after dinner time until bedtime. You can find mine here.
- Cool Down: Studies show that body temperature has to drop in order to sleep the best. We suggest dressing light, take off socks, and even try a cold shower right before bed. Austin naturally has a really high body temperature and he does a cold shower every night before bed and it makes a world of difference. We drop the temperature down to 68 degrees in our house and we keep the ceiling fan running. You may even want to get some new bedsheets. We have Egyptian cotton sheets and LOVE them. They are very cooling to the touch.
- Darken your room: This is a MUST for us. We don’t like ANY light in our room at night. We have a black out shade that we purchased custom-made for our window (like these) AND we have wooden blindes with black out curtains over that. Haha, yes we are serious.
- Taper your liquid consumption: Cut off liquids 2 hours before bedtime. Only have sips of water if you really need something before bed. Definitely cut out anything that can act as a diuretic (alcohol, wine, coffee (even decaf), tea, etc.) after dinner time. I like to get the majority of my water in during the first half of the day because I have a really sensitive bladder and will be up multiple times a night if I drink too much too close to bedtime.
- Settle your mind: This one is the hardest for me to do because my brain tends to want to start brainstorming at night. I TRY not to do anything that causes me to start thinking too much close to bedtime. I’ve made the mistake of that many times before and couldn’t turn my brain off when it was time to go to sleep. I would just lay in bed and think about things I need to do the next day, think of new ideas I could incorporate into our business, etc. I know a lot of people, especially those with stressful jobs, who have this problem. We strongly believe that to get a quality night sleep, you have to learn to turn it off.
Have any tips for a good night sleep? Share them with us in the comments below!