At Green Goo, we believe that sleep is an important part of your overall wellness. To help you on your wellness journey, we're offering these 5 tips to help you sleep better since we all could use more sleep.
TIPS FOR GETTING A BETTER NIGHT'S SLEEP
One of more of these tips may be just what you need for a deeper and more restful night’s sleep.
1. CREATE A BEDTIME RITUAL
There's a reason many parents create a bedtime ritual for their children. It helps them to fall asleep easier! Just because you're an adult, it doesn't mean a similar ritual won't work for you.
Everyone's ritual will be unique to them but consider incorporating some simple stretching, relaxing music, light reading, sipping warm milk or herbal tea, meditation, and/or counting your blessings from the day into your bedtime ritual. Laying out your nightclothes, brushing your teeth, and washing your face all signal your body that it's time to sleep.
2. TAKE A WARM BATH OR SHOWER
Taking a warm bath before bed is very relaxing. Combining that relaxing warmth with the calming effects of aromatherapy is sure to improve your sleep. Our Lavender + Bergamot Bath Salts for instance, will help ease sore muscles, calm your nerves, and help you unwind from the stresses of the day.
3. CREATE A COMFORTABLE SLEEPING SPACE
A comfortable mattress, cozy bedding, subdued lighting, and a quiet atmosphere all contribute to better sleep. So does a cool room — somewhere in the 60-70° range is ideal. If you get chilled at night, grab a fluffy down comforter. It will keep you toasty without weighing you down.
4. BANISH ELECTRONICS FROM THE BEDROOM
The light from electronic screens is stimulating and that's the last thing you need at bedtime! This means no TV, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Unplugging allows for your natural circadian rhythm to properly cycle. Give your brain and eyes some downtime in preparation for better sleep. Your well-rested body will thank you for it tomorrow!
5. PROGRESSIVELY RELAX YOUR MUSCLES
During progressive relaxation, you'll try to tense and then relax every muscle in your body. The Mayo Clinic suggests starting with either your head or toes and slowly working your way to the other end. Tense each muscle group for approximately 5 seconds. Relax for approximately 30 seconds, then tense the next muscle group. Repeat the process until you either reach the other end or fall asleep.
We tend to dim the lights as it gets later. We also steer clear of drinks with a lot of sugar and caffeine. There are a few herbs you can use to help you feel sleepy. We know herbal teas always help us. What about you? Do you have any routines that help you get better rest? What about habits that keep you up late? Let us know in the comments and until we talk again, Green Goo wishes you a peaceful night’s rest and sweet dreams!