If you are anything like me, good quality sleep kind of tends to take a back seat. We have jam packed schedules. I often times find myself staying up extra late and waking up early to tackle my to do list. Which results in no sleep. I know it makes such a huge difference in my focus, efficiency, and over all attitude, so it has been one of my major goals this year. With that in mind, I thought I would share some of the little tips + tricks that have helped me to see good results so far!
:: HAVE A SLEEP ROUTINE
Yes, I want you to treat yourself just like you would one of your kids. Give yourself a bedtime routine. Our bodies thrive off of routine and structure. The same goes for bedtime, which is why it works so well for kids. Knowing what to expect and having that same routine trains our brains to slow down and kind of prep themselves for sleep. For me that almost always includes a bath. It helps me relax, slow down, and take time to process the day without interruption.
:: PLAN ON GOING TO BED AN HOUR EARLIER THAN YOU REALLY WANT TO
As humans, especially women, we tend to overload our schedules and are always adding “just one more thing” to our to do list. One thing that has really worked great for me is to plan on going to bed an hour earlier than my goal. So if my goal is in bed lights out at 10, I try to plan on having everything done by 9 instead. By doing this, all the extras that come up aren’t pushing me back later than I want to be going to bed, and I am again enforcing that consistency of a bedtime for myself.
:: NO SCREENS 30 MINUTES BEFORE BED
This tip is definitely my most “work in progress” tip because it has been so hard for me. The end of the day is the time I finally have me time to plan out the coming day, and of course just veg out online. But having been successful at doing this a few times, I know what a big difference it makes. I fall asleep so much quicker when I limit screens before bed. I’m not getting sucked down the Instagram Rabbit Hole we all know and have a love/hate relationship. I have quite a few friends that have even gone to the lengths of charging their phone in a different room. It makes such a difference in your quality of sleep.
:: INVEST IN QUALITY BEDDING
Last but probably at the top of my tips list, is to invest in quality bedding. I never thought this made a difference at all. I would by just your average sheets and cheap pillow because you are just sleeping on it. But news flash Kailee, if you get 8 hours of sleep, that means the average person is SLEEPING for 1/3 OF THEIR LIFE! So that is probably far and above enough time to invest in the products that you are using.
You’ve heard me talk about them before, but Cariloha has been a dream come true (literally) for me when it comes to good quality sleep. Their products are made completely from bamboo and are the softest things you’ll ever try. If you’ve been around here for awhile you know I first fell in love with their towels. They are the coziest things to wrap yourself or your babies up in after a shower. If the towels were that good, I knew the bedding was going to be amazing.
The first thing I tried was the Flex Pillow. If you are tired of pillows being too stiff or too soft, this is the pillow for you. It is 100% customizable to your exact firmness desires. The inside “filling” of the pillow is made of bamboo charcoal memory foam. This filling can be removed to achieve your desired firmness. Joe has his all the way full, and I took out about 1/2. We love them so much we gifted them to our family for Christmas and they are all just as obsessed. Whether you are a side, back or stomach sleeper they are INCREDIBLE!
Since we loved the pillow so much, we had to go all in. We recently got the duvet comforter and resort sheets and I swear it is like sleeping on a cloud. The comforter has a nice weight to it to give you that hugged feeling, but is so light and breezy at the same time so you won’t get hot. Being willing to invest in high quality bedding like the options at Cariloha has made the biggest difference for my sleep. I crave going to sleep because I know how comfortable my bed is. And it is much easier to fall asleep because of that comfort level.
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I hope these simple sleep tips are helpful + get you closer to the zzz’s you are dreaming of!
photos: aubrey taiese