6 Tips for Getting Your Best Night's Sleep
We've all been told that watching TV and having too much "screen" time is not the best option when it comes to getting a good night's sleep. Yet with the weather keeping us cooped up inside at night binge watching a show or two on Netflix, that pre-sleep screen time is inevitable most nights of the week and can keep us awake longer than we'd like to be. To help you wind down and get sleepy without sacrificing that last episode before bed, we've gathered some of our favourite tips to ensure we get that 7 to 9 hours with ease.
1/ Sip on some tea
Shelby swears by a caffeine free tea to not only to make her sleepy but for stress relief as well.... "it has become a ritual every night and I swear it works almost instantly...netflix, tea and a blanket is a lethal combination". We love the Calming Tea or Stress Relief Tea by Yogi - we're always out like a light after drinking these! If you're heading into that last must-see episode before bed, try sipping this while you watch!
2/ Spend 15 minutes reading
For some reason this always works like a charm. On those nights where you just can't seem to get to sleep and your mind is racing, we recommend devoting 15 minutes to that book you've been trying to find time to read. Even if you really don't feel like it, this tip will put you to sleep so quickly AND help you get through that stack of books on your bedside table in no time. Right now we're reading Winter Storms by Elin Hildebrand.
3/ Exercise 3-4 hours before bed
If you're not a morning person and work at a desk job, this is a must for getting rid of that excess energy that can keep us awake into the wee hours of the night. Not only will it relieve stress and help you to clock those Zzz's, but you'll also get the benefit of looking and feeling great.
4/ Bring some nature into your room
This is a cute decor idea that apparently also has plenty of benefits for sleeping in addition to releasing more oxygen into the air. Why not add a cute terrarium or potted plant on your bedside table and test this theory out for yourself!
5/ Clean and de-clutter your space
Call us crazy, but there's nothing more relaxing than a clean, clutter free space. To achieve this in your bedroom, we recommend moving what doesn't need to be there to another room - think laptops and computer cords, your wallet and keys, etc, and only keeping the essentials in sight. That means putting away your clothes at the end of the day (i.e. not leaving them on a chair), and any work related items, plus phones and computers outside. We also think fresh sheets make a world of difference when it comes to getting a good sleep.
We've read a ton of research to support claims that lavender helps to reduce anxiety and promote better sleep. After trying it ourselves, we can definitely all agree that it works! Saje has a great lavender mist that you can spray on your pillows before bed time. We also love the idea of having lavender essential oil (pictured) dispense through a diffuser.