As a twenty one year old who is in bed most nights at 9:00pm, it is pretty obvious that I value my sleep. Leesa, an online mattress company, has been spreading the word of good sleep and they say it’s best to know what happens when you’re sleeping. Check out this graphic they made to learn more:
I find this fascinating. As a student, I understand the struggle of prioritizing. Although I’d be lying if I said I’ve never sacrificed sleep time, I do my best to make sure I get approximately 7-8 hours each night.
Here are some things I do to improve my quality of sleep:
As much as I would love to say that I eliminate all screens an hour for bed, I don’t. I too get sucked into Buzzfeed quizzes and Lorde’s mother’s Instagram account when I probably should be reading a book. To make this a little better, I make sure to put my phone on night shift. This changes the blue light to a warmer light. When your eyes are exposed to blue light, the brain produces less melatonin, the chemical that helps a person fall asleep. Thus, reducing the amount of blue light makes it easier to get to sleep when I finally put my phone down for the night.
Similarly, I always put my phone on Do Not Disturb mode. This way, my phone doesn’t vibrate or ping when I get texts or notifications as I’m falling asleep or when I am asleep. This makes it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.
By the words of Ed Sheeran, sung beautifully by Louis Tomlinson I “can’t go to bed, without a cup of tea”. I love chamomile tea before bed. The research is all over the place about whether or not it actually helps a person sleep, but it certainly has a calming effect, and it is much easier to fall asleep in a calm state of mind. Peppermint and Lavender infused teas are also great.
Like lavender in tea, the scent also calms me, which makes it easier to fall asleep. I like to put a drop on my pillow before going to bed. It can also be diffused or diluted and applied to your neck, feet, or temples. Bergamot is another great oil for winding down at the end of the day.
Do you get an adequate amount of sleep each night? Please share your tips with me!