Having a good night’s sleep is the biggest blessing ever. There is nothing greater to me than waking up feeling refreshed and renewed, ready to take on the day ahead. With this being said, I cannot stress enough the importance of routines and establishing sleep hygiene (good sleeping habits) for yourself.
First thing first, your environment is KEY for the best sleep of your life. You need to take into consideration the temperature in your bedroom when you are trying to fall asleep. The ideal temperature for sleeping is 60-67 degrees. Also, try to avoid using bright light for anything around your bedtime, since this can disrupt circadian rhythms.
Put your phone down, if you wake up in the middle of the night especially do not grab your phone to check up on midnight socials, or even to see what time it is. The blue light from electronic devices is extremely detrimental when it comes to trying to fall asleep. And don’t be discouraged if you’re not one of those people that fall asleep as soon as their head hits the pillow, because it takes the average person at least 8 minutes to fall asleep.
Consider using some white noise machine, a fan is a win-win because it will give you cool temperatures and white noise. Another white noise trick is turning on an essential oil diffuser right before you go to bed. My favorite oils for bedtime are lavender and peppermint, and after using them for a while it’s like my brain knows when it smells this it’s time to rest.
Try unwinding at night by doing some light reading or meditation, aka no hard tasks (studying or work especially in bed). Your bed should be associated with sleep and rest only. Another tip I feel like goes without saying is to not drink coffee or having too much sugar before bed. I know some people can get away with doing this, but to me, it’s a no, I cannot have coffee past 5 PM and still get a good night’s rest.
Create a nighttime routine that works for you and stick to it, your future well-rested self will thank you.