CATCHING SOME ZZZ’S: 5 TIPS TO FALL ASLEEP FASTER
School is back in session + self-care has officially been put on the back burner. With midterms coming up, we’ve all been burning the midnight oil. Getting a good night’s sleep isn’t just one size fits all, we need a few different things that we have to take into consideration. While doing well in school is important, listening to our bodies is especially essential. There are only a few things that our bodies really need when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep + it’s all based on the 5 senses. Here are our picks for what really helps us relax into a good night’s sleep:
We fully believe that a clean set of sheets can help us relax from anything + everything. Nothing helps our bodies drift off into dream filled wonder than a clean set of sheets. We love making sure that when we’ve been super stressed out, we take the time to put fresh sheets on our bed. This small bit of self-care really goes a long way. Pro tip: we fold in a dryer sheet in our sheets when storing them for extra freshness!
Having a calming scent in our room can really help put our minds at ease. Whether it’s the smell of fresh linen, the comforting scent of the woods, or the simplicity of lavender, it really depends on what works for each of us individually. Our minds relax more when we have something calming + familiar to smell. We love picking up an aromatherapy scent that speaks to us to take with us wherever we’re traveling!
We found this to be the hardest of the 5 senses to master. Our minds fall into REM sleep better when we don’t have a lot of light in our rooms. It’s easy for us to want to scroll through our phones when we’re lying in bed, but the blue light from the screens can actually wake our brains back up. We recommend using blackout curtains to help reduce some of the outside light when trying to sleep. When we don’t have the option of curtains, a sleep mask works just as well [we love cotton or terry cloth ones]!
There is nothing a cup of tea can’t fix. With all of the different types of sleepy time teas that are available at the moment, we are sure to find one that is our cup of tea [pun intended ; )]. We personally love the Buddha Teas Sleepy Temple blend, but it’s really all about preference! Having a cup of tea right before bed really helps us unwind, especially when journaling about our long day.
Listening to repetitive sounds [like from a white noise machine] can be super helpful when it comes to falling + staying asleep. We love listening to anything from rain to ocean sounds + audiobooks. We found that listening to books that we’re familiar with works best because we don’t have to actively listen to the story. I’m a huge fan of the Harry Potter series!
We have also found that supplements can help us achieve a better night’s sleep. As with all supplements such as Melatonin, Valerian Root, or other over-the-counter sleep aids, it is extremely important to be in contact with a doctor when taking them. We know that the allure of blissful sleep is something we all want, but chronic insomnia can be a sign of bigger health problems, so make sure to consult a doctor before adding anything to your routine!
Have any other blissful sleep tips? We’d love to hear them! Share your nighttime routine with us on Instagram using #inCHAARG!