If there is one thing you don’t mess with, it’s my sleep… I am go go go from 6AM to 10PM each and everyday, whether I like it or not, but when that head hits the pillow, it’s time for uber rest + relaxation and I don’t let anyone or anything come in between me and a good night of counting zzz’s.
Another get back to basics in 2024 kind of post popping up on the blog today… this time with my best tips + tricks for getting the ultimate snooze night after night… it’s time to dream big because sleeping is officially my superpower:
Before I go into all the tips + tricks, let’s chat sleepwear. It is no surprise that Soma Intimates has been my go-to pajama brand and these all new debuts are a sweet treat indeed! The Long Sleeve Pajama Top + Printed Sleep Pants will have you counting sheep in no time =and keeping you cool all night long [of course the elastic and lightweight fabric helps, too/runs TTS/wearing XS in each style].
Now, onto everything you need to know about getting the best sleep possible… 5 simple tips and tricks I adhere to every night so I can wake up refreshed and do it all over again:
This is probably my number one tip I’ve personally incorporated into my bedtime routine. For instance, I put my phone on “do not disturb” every single night at 9PM. That way, I don’t get the endless alerts + notifications on social media, texts coming through from group chats, and it silences calls as well. This is a game-changer!! I also put my phone on the charger in my bathroom at night so it’s out of sight and out of mind. This helps me unwind and get off the damn technology and start to get in my nighttime/pre-sleep routine!
You know I’m always talking about the importance of a daily sweat session… not just for your body, but for your mind as well. Exercise doesn’t just tire out your muscles, but it helps to reduce stress and helps you sleep better. On the contrary, I’ve read that you should avoid strenuous exercise 2-3 hours BEFORE your scheduled bedtime so don’t go run a 10K at 7PM if you want to be peacefully sleeping by 10PM = obviously this is an exaggerated example but you caytch my drift. Also, plan to try some light stretching moves and/or yoga before you hit the hay = they both promote feelings of relaxation and can improve your sleep quality!
There are exceptions to every rule, but another thing to remember about sleep is that consistency is key and having a pre-bed routine is super helpful to improve your nightly rest.
For example, on a normal night, I like to start getting ready for bed around 8:00PM. Here is my play-by-play: take Tucker on last evening walk/potty break (10 minutes), wash face/brush teeth/apply skincare (15 minutes), put on pajamas and unmake bed (5 minutes), tuck Caroline + Carson in (10 minutes), read (30 minutes) and then around 9PM I place my phone on the charger in my bathroom, hop into the covers and usually watch TV for an hour. That means lights out occur at 10PM on the dot and then I sleep until my alarm goes off at 6AM the next morning.
A sleep schedule and regular pattern helps your body know when it’s time to snooze and when it’s time to rise and shine!
I feel like this one is a bit obvious [kinda like when our parents told us we couldn’t swim for 30 minutes after eating] but let’s not chow down on a big meal before bed. It can absolutely affect your digestion and sleep quality, not to mention the health risks associated with eating late at night = hello freshmen 15 when I was in college LOL. If hunger strikes, just try munching on a light snack or drinking water… sometimes you’re simply dehydrated and need liquid more so than food.
Next up, and this is a BIG one… make your bedroom a place of solitude to escape the hustle and bustle of every other room in your house. Think of what calms you, what you’d want in a sanctuary and make that happen. A place where you can unwind and want to relax.
First things first… keep things clean. Incorporate cozy textiles [pillows, blankets, other linens] and then make sure to include a few of your favorite things into the design. For me, that’s a comfy sitting area with a velvet sofa where I can cuddle up + read = P.S. don’t forget the candles!! It doesn’t have to be complicated but calming colors on the walls can also help as well. And don’t forget to open up the windows, make your bed and focus on ease. I am still completely obsessed with our master bedroom design we did back in 2018 and you can see all about it here.
Finally, let’s chat about a few other finds to help you get the best night of sleep possible.
I’ve heard AMAZING things about the Hatch Restore = not only does it act as an alarm clock, but it also doubles as a white noise machine, smart light, + also offers meditations and sleep stories to help you get the best sleep possible! Another must-have item on my roundup is the Beam Dream Powder. Combining melatonin, magnesium and other functional ingredients, it’s designed to help you fall asleep AND stay asleep. It’s bascially a nighttime hot cocoa in a variety of flavors to take 30-45 minutes prior to heading to bed. Shop my other sleep staples by clicking on the image below: