A few weeks ago, I looked at my husband and said “how am I this tired? Didn’t I lay down at a decent hour?” — In full transparency, my routine has suffered in these unusual times. I find myself knee-deep in news or catching up on a deadline last minute. Because my work and personal life are now so tightly intertwined, it is more difficult to “shut down” physically and mentally in time for decent rest. I am working to reestablish good sleep habits and am sharing a few tips we are employing moving forward.
-An early shutdown: My phone is now set to an automatic do-not-disturb 30 minutes before a “set” bedtime. This inhibits text messages and phone calls, keeping me focused on decompressing for bedtime.
-Lavender everything: We’re big fans of essential oils in our house, and as the sun sets we break out our lavender oil. The aroma offers us some added relaxation in the evening hours.
-Hydration: Believe it or not, our bodies need more than coffee! Hydration is key to muscular support and organ health. I target drinking half of my body weight in ounces a day, and already I’m noticing improvement in inflammation upon waking up.
-Pretty pajamas: I know, this may seem frivolous. But just like our mind “perks up” with a refreshing shower and coordinated outfit, our brain recognizes sleep with pajamas. I added a few new sets to simplify my bedtime routine and add comfort to my night.
What are some of your tips for good sleep? Share with me in the comments section below.
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