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When is the last time you woke up completely refreshed?
Sleep is essential to our health and well-being. But if you’re like many of us, you’re probably not getting enough (and are always tired).
We spend one third of our lives asleep, so it’s imperative that we prioritize this often overlooked, vitally important, aspect of our health.
We’ve gathered 7 restful ways to get the best sleep ever starting tonight and start waking up full of energy.
Time to catch some zzz’s!
Get Enough Sleep
Experts recommend 7-9 hours of sleep per night for healthy adults (children and teens need more).
No Late Nights (Or Sleeping In)
Keep consistent sleeping hours. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day (weekends too). No more sleeping in.
The light from devices can keep you awake and disrupt your sleep. No screens for one hour prior to bedtime (read a book instead).
Create A Sanctuary
Create a beautiful bedroom (keep at a comfortable temperature). Your bedroom should be your sanctuary. It should be a clean, uncluttered, organized, and relaxing space for sleep and sex.
Create a bedtime ritual. Wash your face (remove makeup), brush/floss your teeth, stretch, journal, and read. Diffuse essential oils and relax with an epsom salt bath.
Understand the importance of sleep to your health (and how to do it better). Learn and be informed with these bestselling books on sleep:
The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night At A Time (2017)
By Arianna Huffington
Get your copy of The Sleep Revolution.
Why We Sleep: Unlocking The Power Of Sleep And Dreams (2018)
By Matthew Walker PhD
Get your copy of Why We Sleep.
Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies To Sleep Your Way To A Better Body, Better Health And Bigger Success (2016)
By Shawn Stevenson
Get your copy of Sleep Smarter.
How To Sleep Well: The Science Of Sleeping Smarter, Living Better And Being Productive (2018)
By Dr. Neil Stanley
Get your copy of How To Sleep Well.
Meditation (to lower stress) and using a humidifier at night can help. Check out our post on 7 simple steps of meditation every beginner needs to know.
Supplements and medication are other considerations. Talk to your doctor to see if they are right for you.