I'm one of those people who has always had trouble sleeping. Ever since I was a kid, I've battled night after night to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night. Over the years, I've studied a bunch of different ways how to get your best sleep ever.
One of the first things that is important to understand when it comes to sleep is that everyone is different! What works for me, may not work for you, so it's important to "know thyself". Some things to start considering are:
- What are your sleep patterns like? Early bird or night owl?
- Are you a heavy or a light sleeper?
- Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep?Or, both?
- How does light affect you?
I've had to shift my own patterns to work best with my body. As an example, I used to wait until 10 pm to get into bed at the same time as my partner. However, I knew that wasn't working when I was constantly falling asleep on the couch, then struggling to fall asleep in bed. So, now I know that when I start to feel myself nodding off on the couch, it's time to get up and get in bed.
Follow a Routine
The body craves routine in most things, especially when it comes to the sleep cycle. It's a great idea to get in the habit of going to sleep at the same time each night and getting up at the same time.
In order to support this healthy habit, I recommend setting an alarm on your phone for at least two hours before you intend to go to sleep reminding you that it's time to put down the electronics for the night. The blue light from electronics stimulates the brain, so by allowing at least two hours of screen-free time you'll give your brain time to begin resting and relaxing.
It can be challenging at first to get used to the idea of a sleep routine, but when you consider that you're likely getting up at the same time every day to go to work every day, a routine begins to make sense. Giving yourself that structure allows the best opportunity to get a full night's sleep (whatever that looks like for you).
Proactive vs. Reactive
There are a number of things that you can do proactively to support having the best night's sleep ever! One of the best things that we can do not only for our sleep cycle, but for our body is to drink water in the morning. Often times we are reactive and tend to drink water in the afternoon and evening as we begin to notice that we are dehydrated. If we can shift that perspective and begin to hydrate in the morning, not only does it help our organ function, the chances of waking up in the middle of the night to use the restroom are lessened.
For my full lesson on how to get your best night's sleep, watch the video below.
I'll be diving into more detail about different aspects of how to get the best night's sleep ever over the next few blogs, adding details and diving further into ideas that are touched upon the video.
I'm looking forward to hearing how your sleep is and what you're looking for when it comes to improving your sleep!
Love and Light,
xo Arielle Sterling
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Arielle is a best-selling author, holistic life coach and intuitive energy healer.