Getting a good night sleep is a crucial for looking and feeling our best. (I’m realizing this even more now that we have a newborn!) Because I’m often juggling a long list of to-do’s, as I’m sure many of you are as well, I tend to have a difficult time falling asleep. There have been nights where I have laid awake, tossing and turning, for several hours before finally drifting off to sleep.
Finally, though, I have found myself with a very simple routine that has effectively allowed me several hours of deep, uninterrupted sleep. With these three small practices, I am consistently able to wake feeling rested from a good night sleep. (Disclaimer: there’s no such thing as feeling rested when you have a newborn in the house, so these are pre-baby tips!)
3 Steps for a Good Night’s Sleep
- Wear a black-out sleep mask (preferably silk). If you try just one of these tips, make it this one–there’s a reason I listed it first! Wearing the sleep mask eliminates the possibility of any light, keeping your dreamland dark and preventing you from waking up prematurely. I prefer a silk version to cotton since silk doesn’t absorb your nighttime skincare products, and is gentler on delicate facial skin than cotton.
- Diffuse lavender essential oil. The scent of lavender is known to slow your heart rate and lower your blood pressure, putting your body in a relaxed state. I use this one which contains a blend of lavender and citrus scents. I use this diffuser (under $40). It has a sleep timer and options to change the light color or turn it off completely. I’ve used other models that do not have an automatic shut-off feature and found myself constantly refilling it.
- Listen to an audiobook. For me, having something to listen to distracts me from letting my mind wander to other things. I am a worrier by nature, so idle time typically yields anxious thoughts and incessant list-making. I learned that listening to an audiobook–again utilizing the sleep timer feature–gives me something to focus on aside from my daily worries, and helps me to fall asleep faster. I usually set the timer for 30 minutes and rarely stay awake long enough to hear the full 30 minutes.
I’ve been following this bedtime routine for about a year, and it has truly made all the difference in allowing me to wake up feeling like I got a full night’s sleep.
What practices do you follow for getting a good night sleep?