In honor of November’s National Sleep Comfort Month, we’re getting serious about catching shut-eye. Even if you’re eating healthy, exercising and cutting back on sugar and alcohol, if you’re not getting enough sleep, your overall wellness could be compromised. It’s a reality in our fast-paced culture that forgoing sleep in favor of getting more done is often worn as a badge of honor. However, research has repeatedly found that getting a solid night’s rest is essential to your well being, productivity, happiness and will leave you feeling and looking more refreshed (they call it beauty sleep for a reason!). Arianna Huffington, co-founder and Editor in Chief of Huffington Post and author of The Sleep Revolution, states in her book, “By helping us keep the world in perspective, sleep gives us a chance to refocus on the essence of who we are. And in that place of connection, it is easier for the fears and concerns of the world to drop away.”
While overhauling your entire schedule to make room for more sleep might seem like an impossible task, you may find that simply making small changes could result in a big impact to your quality of rest. Try these 5 tips to avoid reaching for that snooze button every morning.
Start a Regular Yoga Practice
Lower your stress levels, calm your mind and reduce tension by adding yoga into your routine. It can be as simple as getting on your yoga mat for a few stretches and deep breathing before bed. According to Yoga Journal, here are two great poses to try for better sleep:
- Legs Up The Wall – As the name indicates, lie flat on your back, bringing your seat as close to the wall as possible and prop your legs straight up on a wall with your arms by your side.
- Standing Forward Bend – Walk your feet to your hands. With feet hip-width apart and a slight bend in the knees, hold your elbows. Exhale and bend forward, while lengthening down through the crown of your head.
Unwind With Tea
Try a special bedtime tea, infused with herbs such as chamomile, peppermint, spearmint and lavender.
What you wear to bed does matter. Treat yourself to a new comfortable pair of pajamas designed with breathable fabric to keep you cool and dry.
Make Your Room a Sanctuary
Diffuse essential oils such as lavender, dim the lighting while you get ready for bed to create a calming space and invest in good quality bedding.
Put Down the Phone
Turn off your devices and put them outside the room 5-10 minutes before you plan on going to sleep. Your phone (and emails) will be there when you wake up, we promise.