Hey GirlMoguls – it’s Poppy here – does this ever feel like you? You woke up at 6 a.m., and went through an entirely stressful day at school. You stayed after for club meetings, then had to come home, clean, and do a ton of work. You also had to talk to your friends and make plans for this upcoming weekend, and have dinner with the family. By the time you get to bed, you’re completely exhausted, yet still lay awake for at least 30 minutes because of all of the things running through your head.
Does this sound like a typical day for you? It was for me, until I found out some helpful tips to de-stress before bed and get a good night’s sleep, without interruptions. Here is what I gathered:
1. Make sure your sleep environment is actually a sleep environment. Having electronics such as TVs and laptops in your bedroom actually stimulate the brain and keep it awake and concerned about these things, especially the items you use more often.
2. Develop a habit right before bedtime that can help you relax and stop thinking about everything that is going on during the day. I actually did this, and it absolutely works. Every night, no matter how dead tired I am, I read at least 1 page in a novel I like. That 1 page helps me escape my life and think about something completely unrelated to the stresses of the day. I sleep better and my brain relaxes. It’s easy to do, and makes a big difference.
3. Use lavender on your sheets and pillow. Lavender is a scent that naturally relaxes the body, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep. You can find lavender linen sprays in stores such as Linens N Things, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and even Bath and Body Works. The scent will soothe you into sleep.
4. Exercise! (although not right before bedtime) Exercise is one of the best ways to prevent insomnia. By adding a daily exercise in the morning or late afternoon, your body will definitely sleep better. This happens because exercise gets your heart going (especially cardio workouts). When your heart rate goes up, your heart pumps faster, and then relaxes afterward. This allows for your internal body clock to function properly, and also for your heart to function healthily.
These tips are easy to implement, so give them a try! Happy Sleeping!