8 Tips to Help You Sleep Better Every Night
A good night’s sleep is the ultimate weapon for improving your mood, your general physical health, and let’s be honest—your appearance.
From establishing a soothing nighttime routine to keeping a consistent schedule, here are eight tips to help you sleep better every night and wake up feeling rested and replenished.
8 Tips to Help You Sleep Better Every Night
1. Shower before bed
There is no better feeling than slipping into bed after a shower feeling fresh and squeaky clean. Research suggests that taking a shower or bath before bed can improve sleep. Washing the day off can help you put the worries of the day to one side while also leaving your bedsheets feeling cleaner for longer.
Pro-tip: We recommend using shower products that contain lavender, which has soothing properties that are known to promote a better night’s sleep.
2. Drink a cup of tea
Curling up with a book and a cup of tea before bed is somewhat of a cliché for a reason. Many teas, like ginger and chamomile, have been used as natural sleep remedies for centuries, thanks to their calming ingredients that can aid against insomnia, stress, and anxiety.
Pro-tip: We recommend enjoying your tea with a good book, which is another great habit to help you settle down for bed.
3. Wash your sheets regularly
It is crucial for the health of your skin and hair that your bedsheets are changed regularly, as excess oils, sweat, and skin cells build up over time. Sheets should be changed once a week, but once every two weeks is still perfectly fine if this is a more realistic schedule to follow for you.
Pro-tip: Using a silk pillowcase prevents your hair from tangling and does not absorb oil from your skin which could otherwise contribute to breakouts.
4. Turn down the lights
The human brain is hard-wired to associate darkness with sleep and our bodies produce more melatonin when they sense an absence of light. An hour or two before bed, we recommend turning off bright lights and opting for a salt lamp or something with a softer, yellow hue. Scientists have linked dark sleeping conditions to increased time in REM sleep and decreased wakefulness—meaning you’re more likely to sleep deeply and through the night.
Pro-tip: Turn your phone’s night shift on and keep your blue light glasses on if you’re still surfing the web before bed as artificial light can disrupt your body’s natural circadian rhythm.
5. Wear the right pajamas
The pajamas (or lack thereof) that we wear to bed are a personal preference, but there are two options likely to improve your quality of sleep. The first is going au natural. Studies have found that sleeping nude allows your body to find its most comfortable temperature more easily, and not wearing any harsh fabrics allows your skin to breathe and reduces skin irritation.
Pro-tip: A silk eye mask will keep your room dark and increase your chances of sleeping deeply.
6. Spray a soothing mist
A pillow mist with calming ingredients can help soothe and calm you before bed. You can also dab a few drops of lavender essential oil onto your wrists after moisturizing. It is perfectly natural so it won’t do any damage to your skin and the scent acts as wonderful aromatherapy to help you drift off.
Pro-tip: We recommend using mists that contain lavender and eucalyptus, which are known to promote relaxation and relieve anxiety.
7. Sleep on your back
Many of our grandmothers have passed down the age-old advice of sleeping on your back to stave off blemishes and wrinkles—and it’s no myth. Sleeping on your back, with your head propped up with two pillows, can keep your face smooth as it stops gravity from taking its toll on your skin, and prevents your skin’s natural oils from transferring to your pillow.
Pro-tip: To fall asleep quickly and easily while also calming your mind, use the progressive muscle relaxation method, tightening and releasing each part of your body, starting with your toes, until you are fully at ease.
8. Stick to a consistent sleep schedule
One of the most important things you can do to improve your sleep is to establish a consistent sleep schedule. This means going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, even on weekends. By keeping a consistent sleep schedule, you help regulate your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, making it easier to fall asleep at night and wake up feeling refreshed in the morning.
Pro-tip: Try setting a consistent bedtime alarm to help signal to your body that it’s time to wind down for the night.
Your path to better sleep
In conclusion, implementing these eight tips can help you get better sleep every night, improving your overall health and well-being. By prioritizing sleep as a critical part of your daily routine, you can set yourself up for success in all areas of your life. So tonight, why not try out a few of these tips and see how they work for you? Sweet dreams!