If you’re someone who gets a blissful 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep at night and never wakes up on the wrong side of the bed, this article isn’t for you. But if you’re like the rest of us—the sheep counters, the ceiling gazers, the toss-and-turners—you’ll do anything to get some solid shuteye.
Thankfully, there’s more than just hope. There’s help. We’ve got a few trusted sleep tips to help you reset your biological clock, aka your circadian rhythm, so you can finally catch some zzz’s.
In the evening, blue light from cell phones and computers can be a notorious sleep stealer by tricking your brain into thinking it’s daytime. So if your bedtime routine includes scrolling through your feeds or catching up on emails, you’ve got a couple of options. Try turning down the brightness on your phone or laptop at night. Or better yet, try logging off and opting out altogether two hours before you go to bed. We know, easier said than done, but a solid night’s sleep is well worth adopting this new habit.
Turns out, your brain might not be the only thing keeping you awake at night. Your stomach could be the culprit. Snacking or eating a late-night meal can disrupt your body’s natural release of helpful hormones and melatonin, leading to poor sleep. Drinking alcohol before bed isn’t any better, and can have the same affect on your internal workings. It’s best to not eat or drink within two hours of bedtime.
SOAK BEFORE YOU SLEEP
Studies show that a hot bath or shower 90 minutes before bed can help you fall asleep faster. It can also improve the likelihood of getting a deeper night’s sleep. We suggest ramping up the relax factor with our CBD Bath Bombs, available in multiple scents. Our CBD Bath Bombs are not only infused with CBD, but also calming essential oils and soothing essential minerals. A 20 minute soak will put your mind and body in a sleepier state, making it easier to fall asleep.
STICK TO A SLEEP SCHEDULE
Going to bed at 10pm today, 2am tomorrow and 11pm the next day can really mess with your natural sleep cycle. Do your best to stick to a schedule, where you go to bed and wake up at or close to the same time every morning. Consistency reinforces your body’s sleep and wake cycles. You’re essentially setting your internal clock to know when it’s time for shut eye.
SET THE MOOD
We’re not saying you have to turn your bedroom into a spa to get a better night’s sleep, but considering you spend 1/3 of your day there, it’s not such a bad idea. Comfortable temperature, natural lighting, eliminating external noise and even how you arrange your furniture can contribute to a better bedroom environment (you can read all about that here). Additionally, leaving a CBD Lavender Roll-On Oil on your nightstand for a quick roll up the neck before hitting the pillow can help with sleep. Some people even like to roll it on the bottoms of their feet.
These tips should have you sleeping better as soon as your head hits the pillow. If you find you’re still not sleeping well, it’s always wise to consult with your doctor to make sure there isn’t an underlying issue. Good luck, and good night.