10 Surprisingly Simple Ways To A Better Night's Sleep

Saturday, August 12, 2017

If you’re like me, you’ve probably had mornings where you wake up and you feel like you didn’t sleep at all the night before. Being a blogger, my time is extra precious to me, so this is obviously a situation that’s not ideal.

I hate having to take naps or feeling like I’m tired and drained throughout my busy day, so I had to find a solution. Over the years, I’ve become an expert on how to get the best night of sleep, and I’d love to share some of my easiest tips with you! Here are 10 surprisingly simple ways to have a better night’s sleep:

1 - Limit Caffeine 

We all know not to drink a cup of coffee right before bed, but you might not have realized that any caffeine you ingest after around 3:00 in the afternoon can keep you awake all night. Additionally, even if you’re drinking or eating caffeinated products earlier in the day, if it’s in excess, it can still linger in your system and keep you up at night.

2 - Don’t Eat Large Meals Late at Night 

People stay up later and later these days, including me, and it’s not uncommon to have dinner at 10pm. If you’re going to do that, try to have a lean protein or a salad, and limit your portion sizes. The more fatty the foods you eat late at night, the more risk you run for having nausea, heartburn, or indigestion. Not to mention, you’ll put on the pounds this way, because your body can’t really metabolize food well when it’s trying to rest.

3 - Use a Memory Foam Mattress 

You definitely need the right mattress for sleeping, and it’s important to get a new one every 8 years or so. If you haven’t yet upgraded to a memory foam mattress, you absolutely need to try one out. They are cutting edge in mattress technology and can provide the most comfortable night’s sleep by far compared to other mattresses on the market. If you’re unsure which mattress is right for you, you can check out reviews and ratings of the most popular mattress blogs out there.

4 - Try a Glass of Milk or Tea 

A glass of warm milk or non-caffeinated sleepy time tea could be just what you need to prepare your body to catch some zzz’s. Both have natural chemicals that convert to the neurotransmitters that your brain needs to signal that it’s time to shut down for the night.

5 - Stay Hydrated 

Of course, remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day to make sure you’re well hydrated. If you don’t, you could wake up at all hours of the night feeling thirsty or achy.

6 - Make Your Bedroom Your Zen Place 

If you haven’t redecorated your room in a couple of years, it might be time! Paint your walls soothing colors, pick out decorations and accent pieces that speak to you and make you feel comfortable. You should feel the most like you and the most at home in your bedroom.

7 - Have Comfortable Bedding 

If you love silk sheets, stock up on them. If you hate wool, get rid of your wool blanket. Pick bedding that feels good to your body and makes you excited to snuggle up at night. Bonus points if this new bedding is in colors and styles that go with your new and improved bedroom. If you’re looking for new throw pillows, try these adorable macaron ones.

8 - Work Out More 

If you’re active already, you may want to amp it up at the gym a little bit so your body doesn’t fall into a rut. If you’re not as active as you should be, this is a perfect time to join a sports league, start swimming at the community pool, or take a pilates class. You’ll fall asleep a lot quicker each night, sleep sounder, and your body will thank you! Plus, as a bonus, you’ll look and feel amazing.

9 - Check Out Essential Oils 

Essential oils are nature’s best kept secret when it comes to changing your mood. They can be especially useful to help you feel relaxed or serene. There are different brands but you can never go wrong picking a product that’s made with lavender oil, which is the number one essential oil for relaxation.

10 - Don’t Drink as Much 

A lot of people think that a glass of two of wine before bed will help them sleep better— although alcohol can help you feel like you’re falling asleep more quickly, in reality, it can actually work as a stimulant once you’re asleep and wake you up often throughout the night. In many cases, once you wake up, you can’t get back to sleep at all. It’s best to steer clear of alcohol immediately before bed, and if you do, use it in moderation and excess.

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Pamela RG said...

These are wonderful tips. It's true that making your bedroom minimal and zen with less distraction can make you sleep well at night.

Miss Val's Creations said...

So many great tips. My habits are tailored pretty well towards getting a good nights sleep. Wine at night is a problem for me. I fall asleep right away but wake up a couple of hours later having trouble falling back asleep. :) I wish there was a way to shut out a barking dog sound in the middle of the night. This is something we are contending with in our neighborhood with a new canine resident that barks in the middle of the night (at what I don't know) waking me up and keeping me up!

Fashionably Idu said...

I used to drink wine right before bed time but now I pushed it back to dinnertime and no later. great tips Kim. I have to try the memory foam mattress. Although I tend to sleep like a baby, every once in a while, insomnia hits the best of us. I know for sure I'll be a victim tomorrow night in anticipation of going back to work on Monday after 10 weeks off! Oh anxiety!!!!


Jennifer @ MrsQBeauty said...

These are great tips! We have a memory foam bed and it's amazing. We can move around and not disturb each other. We need to invest in better pillows. Sleep is so important but it's easy to brush off the things that will help us sleep better. Http://www.mrsqbeauty.com

Prarthana Gogoi said...

Really helpful! Perfectly curated list!

With Love,
Anna || Whirlwind Chaos

Laura - Alagoz said...

Working out always makes me have a good night sleep and also good bath before bed time :)

Pink Frenzy

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Sleep is a big priority for me and I agree with all of these tips Kim. Your bedroom should definitely be your sanctuary. I always find it so weird when people use their bed like a table or eat on there.

Ashley Sue said...

So many of these tips are awesome, Kim! I use essential oils every night. I also don't eat late at night anymore, unless I need to but it's always something light! And I hate it when I'm not hydrated enough and have to wake up and drink water! Also, a memory foam bed sounds amazing!

Eleni @rougenapples said...

Totally agree Kim. With all of these. for me bedding and cleanliness are key for a good night's sleep, so I sleep way better after a shower and exercising. Saying that, I love an evening coffee and so far that's not had any impact on me although it does on other people I know!

Tanya Dufour said...

I try not to eat late at night but I dont get home till 6 so sometimes its hard. I think working out at night def helps me fall asleep faster!

Diva Desle said...

I am a coffee addict, so staying away from caffeine is like torture for me. I know I should definitely limit my intake. It would truly help me get better sleep. I find that a sleeping mask helps me a lot in my sleeping routine. I am quite sensitive to light at midnight so it helps me a lot to stay asleep. Great tips. Xxxx

jo said...

Memory foam mattress, how interesting? My mattress is super hard and I love it!

xo Jo


Lorena said...

I have a memory foam pillow and lavender spray... usually also have to wear foam earplugs as my residential area has become a noisy bar spot... even with double glass windows. So when you see bags under my eyes, you now know.