Sleep is my drug. Here’s a few of my personal sleeping hacks that have helped me the most in my pursuit for the best sleep ever:
1. High Quality Mattress, Bedding & Pillows
Don’t be cheap when it comes to these items. I noticed immediate results once I upgraded my mattress, and the bedding and pillows you sleep on are just as important. I recently discovered bamboo sheets by Cariloha, and they have changed my life when it comes to relaxing in bed. Think about it, the more relaxed you are in bed, the better sleep you will have. These bamboo sheets are ultra soft, twice as soft as cotton, and remain 3 degrees cooler than cotton! This is typical of bedding found in resorts and 5-star hotels and now you can have the same comfort in your home. I’ve been extremely happy with the sheets from Cariloha and matching duvet cover. Make sure you purchase high quality pillows as well. I recommend a down alternative pillow in a medium to high firmness. Your pillows should be soft, but still offer proper support for your neck.
2. Turn Off The Lights
Bright lights signal the brain that it’s daytime, while dim settings signal that it’s time to wind down. Even the slightest amount of light can interfere with melatonin production and impair your sleep. It’s best to limit the use of cell phones and other electronics about two hours before bedtime. When working late at night, you might want to try F.lux, a free program that alters the color spectrum of your computer to mimic the patterns of sunlight in your region, allowing for healthier sleep rhythms. (Trust me, this works!)
3. Set a Schedule
Wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. Your body can’t establish an effective rhythm if you don’t allow it to normalize to a pattern. This definitely takes a lot of effort, but choose a routine that works for you and stick with it for at least two weeks. Once you notice an improvement, this little bit of extra effort will be worth it.
4. Sleep Cycles
There’s nothing I hate more than sleeping for hours and waking up still tired. Waking up during the middle of a sleep cycle can ruin your entire morning routine. Sleepyti.me is a bedtime calculator that shows you the best time to go to sleep in order to wake up feeling energized and refreshed. The average human takes fourteen minutes to fall asleep, so plan accordingly!