If you’re like me, you have a bedtime routine: Wash face, apply anti-aging moisturizer and eye cream, brush teeth, throw some whitening mouthwash and a yogurt mask in there from time-to-time… After all of that, your body is ready to crawl into bed, but your mind has run off thinking of unfinished business: blog post ideas, what will be for dinner tomorrow night, how you will drink your coffee without the cream you forgot to pick up, how you need your coffee to function… and guess what? Now, you’re stressing and need some major unwinding so that you can fall asleep.
Let’s face it. Most of us are never going to feel so rested that we jump up when the alarm goes off and welcome the day with a huge smile and wide open arms while prancing to the shower. But these tips can help waking up in the morning be less painful.
Here are some activities I discovered throughout my insomnia years that really help me fall asleep and feel more rested in the morning:
~Pick up clothes, clean or dirty, from the floor, and give them a proper place. Even if you are really exhausted and just what to hit the sheets, it will only take a few minutes to pick everything up. You will feel so much better when you wake up to a tidy room. At least I do! And I fall asleep more easily because with less mess, my mind is less cluttered.
~Invest in lavender pillow spray, like this one from Bath and Body Works. The scent is so calming and makes me feel like I am at a spa. So I just close my eyes and pretend!
~Stop looking at your phone. For me, this is the most challenging activity on the list. These days, everyone’s lives are on their hand-held devices: calendar, to-do lists, notes, emails, social media, photos…the list goes on and on. Do yourself a favor and designate yourself a cut-off time- It will help your mind stop running. If you must make a note or list that pops into your head while you’re trying to rest, keep a cute notebook and pen on your nightstand. You will feel better knowing you recorded your thoughts, and you won’t be interrupting sleep patterns by shining a bright iPhone or iPad light in your face. And that means no laptop, either!
~Read a book. Not the whole thing, of course. But reading 1 chapter or even a few pages helps my mind drift off into la-la land. I love mysterious and dramatic novels. They suck you in immediately and are easy reads. I am currently reading What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.
~Reflect on the day and come up with at least one happening that makes you feel grateful. If you end the day on a positive note, you will most likely begin the next on a positive one as well.
Sleep well tonight, my friends. You are on your way to a better night’s sleep! Do you have any tips that you swear by? I would love to hear them!