What is the secret to getting a better sleep? Sure, there are days when our minds are going a million directions and days that deadlines and maybe even kids keep us up. I don’t get too hard on myself when I can’t sleep properly. Instead, I just accepted it and hope that the next night will be a better one. Then there’s my good friend, coffee, that keeps me chugging along.
I’m sure we’ve all had friends and family give us advice. Turn off your devices before bedtime, don’t have caffeine after dinner, yada yada. But do we listen? Maybe if we’re hitting the wall! But recently some great tips on how to get a better sleep came to my attention and I thought it was worth sharing.
Alanna McGinn is the Canadian Founder and Sleep Consultant of Good Night Sleep Site and serves on the faculty of the Family Sleep Institute. For over 10 years, Alanna and her staff have helped countless people from children to adults, to overcome their sleep challenges. In partnership with Dermalogica for their recent launch of the Sound Sleep Cocoon Transformative Night Gel-Cream (link to my review), she’s shared some simple tips to help us improve our bedtime routine to get a more restful sleep.
ESTABLISH A CONSISTENT SLEEP PATTERN: This is where I need a lot of work on as schedules are not my thing. But McGinn says it’s important to go to bed and wake up in the mornings around the same time to keep your body clock in sync. When we keep constant sleep schedules we are able to achieve the best restorative sleep possible. Sings of a healthy sleep include; falling asleep in 10-12 minutes an not needing an alarm clock to force you awake. (okay, that’s actually me most of the time)
PRACTICE A CONSISTENT BEDTIME ROUTINE: My bedtime routine always involves stretching at the end of the day and a nice warm bath, either lavender, eucalyptus or almond based. McGinn tells us it’s a good idea to prepare your body and mind to sleep with simple bedtime activities like changing into pj’s, reading a book, meditating and and practicing a nightly beauty regime. Sleep is a crucial part of maintaining our health and wellbeing, but it’s also important for our skin.