When it comes to sleep, quality and quantity both go hand in hand. Even if you consistently go to bed at the same time and get your 7-8 hours of sleep every night, you may go down on quality and still feel groggy the next day. So what are some great habits you can implement TODAY (or TONIGHT really) to get the deeper, more restorative sleep you deserve?
Take a sleep supplement
Magnesium is a powerhouse mineral that can help with promoting relaxation and getting your body and mind ready for bed. It assists calcium and potassium in muscle relaxation and is one of the top minerals that we humans are deficient in. It inhibits stress hormones like epinephrine and can help regulate cortisol.
completeblue's SLUMBER has this magnesium, and in an awesome form, namely bisglycinate. That way, it can be more easily absorbed (compared to other magnesium salts) and the glycine can help with the sleep as well. Taking it 30 minutes to an hour before bed can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep through the night.
Create a soothing bedtime routine
We can’t turn a switch from an action-packed, information-driven mind to one that is quiet and calm. Instead, sleep is actually a process that does take time. Prepare your body and mind for rest by prioritizing relaxing activities about an hour before bed.
Avoid the news and other stressful topics before bed. Instead, do soothing activities like reading, meditating, talking with loved ones, and getting ready for the next day.
Avoid blue light
Put the phone down. We even wrote about this earlier too.
An easy hack is to set up a phone charger further in the room or even in a different room. This way, you aren’t sucked into endless scrolling and exposing your eyes to the blue light that comes from it right before bedtime.
Numerous studies have found that substances of basically any kind will get in the way of quality sleep. If you're one to have a drink before bed on a regular basis, you might want to reconsider. Avoiding smoking and alcohol consumption immediately before bedtime is highly recommended.
Maintain a consistent schedule
You want to be sure to maintain a consistent sleep schedule. Falling asleep and waking up at approximately the same time each day, weekends included, will do us all good. Those who do that are able to fall asleep faster and into deeper sleep than those who have a yo-yo schedule. I used to work night shifts, I know.
Sleep is one of the most important factors of our overall health and well-being. If we don’t get enough, we won’t be energized, our immunity is weakened, and so much more.