If there’s one thing we can all use more of (besides money), it’s sleep. We’re happier, more productive, and more enjoyable to be around when we’re well-rested. Without further ado, here are the best sleep hacks.
- Get a comfy bed. Nobody looks forward to sleeping on a rock.
- Make the bedroom only for sleeping (and other bed activities). If you work and eat in the bedroom, it just doesn’t feel like you’re supposed to sleep there too.
- Wear cozy pajamas. Experiment a bit to find what you like: flannel, silk, none, etc.
- Blackout the lights. Total darkness helps you fall asleep quicker. Dim the digital clock and make some homemade blackout curtains.
- Cut the noise. If closing the bedroom door won’t work, try a white noise machine or a fountain.
- Dim the lights before bedtime. This tells your body to begin preparing for sleep. Bright lights until bedtime just confuses the bio-clock.
- Limit caffeine. If you can’t give it up completely, don’t have any 6 hours before trying to sleep.
- Read a boring book. Exciting books make me want to keep reading. But lots of books will put me to sleep in the middle of the day.
- Listen to music. Try an ambient piano CD or a rain forest sounds CD.
- Listen to a book. Even a good book will get you tired at night. I fell asleep many nights listening to Cell.
- Use earplugs. You can get the cheap ones, or invest in a better set. Or just pop in your noise-isolating ear buds.
- Shower at night. A warm shower really helps me wind down, especially when I’m stressed. If you always shower in the morning, try an evening shower now and then.
- Exercise. Tiring your muscles is important, especially if your job isn’t very physical.
- Eat a little. It’s hard to go to sleep when you’re stuffed full, but equally hard when you’re starving. Find the midpoint.
- Get a cat. Warm fur and a soft purr can put anyone to sleep.
- Try a teddy bear. This one’s for you anti-cat people.
- Keep a schedule. The body really does have an internal clock. Train it to go to sleep at the same time every night. It will learn.
- Warm a washcloth. Put it over your forehead and eyes to help relax tension and de-stress.
- Use a dim lamp. If you read a night, don’t use a bright bulb. Find the dimmest setting where you can still read comfortably.
- Aromatherapy works. Even a simple candle or air freshener can help lull you to sleep.
- Turn the bed down. Make your bed in the morning, then turn it down early in the evening. The physical act tells your body to start thinking about sleep.
- Get off the computer. Staring at the bright screen keeps you awake. Do something less intense right before you head for bed.
- Stretch. A little bit of stretching or yoga can help your muscles relax.
- Meditate. Along the same lines, do some meditation to be mindful and center yourself.
- Pray. Your Higher Power is surely a good source of comfort and relaxation.
What are your sleep hacks? Can you add #26 to the list?
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