It goes without saying that sleep is super-connected to wellness. Well, no— it’s more than super-connected, the two are interdependent.
More interestingly, when you think about it, it is quite amazing that the simple act of doing nothing is one of, it not the most important, things you can do during your day-to-day. So, if you’re finding your waking hours suffering and constantly in need of a pickup, there’s a good chance that sleep quality is something you need to improve. Given that fact, here are three things you can do to improve the quality of your virtually invaluable sleep.
During the Day, DO.
Have you ever been totally exhausted and finally lie down to rest, only to be amazed at how well you slept? It’s just easier for us to fall asleep when we’re actually tired. Making yourself tired by the end of the day is as simple as getting active. Make it a habit to exercise. You’ll get a mood boost when you finish, but when you expend all that energy in a healthy way, your body just can’t wait to get it back. Sleep will fall over you in an instant!
It can be pretty tough to sleep when you’re stressed about work, relationships, or even what you’re going to cook for dinner in the evening. Going to bed with a heavy mind can really impact your sleep quality, and when you awake those thoughts may still be there. Remember to take it one day at a time, and try some form of meditation to clear your mind. From reflecting on everything you’re thankful for, to focusing on your breath, there are countless ways to practice meditation and many resources available to help you get started.
Start an Evening Routine
Yes, it’s elementary, but sticking to an evening routine that works for you can be relaxing and will condition your body to know when sleep is coming. Better still, your evening routine can involve something you actually enjoy. Maybe it can even be a part of a longtime goal. Want to read more? Nestle in with a book for an hour every night. Trying to refine your writing skills? Start a journal! The only thing I’d avoid is anything that has to do with screens. Electronic light before bed can have negative effects on sleep, and that would defeat the point of starting a routine in the first place!