Sleep is amazing. You owe it to your body (and your mind) to get a good night’s sleep as many nights as you possibly can. But with our busy schedules, stress and city sounds (New York City taxis we’re looking at you) catching those much needed ZzZ’s isn’t always that easy. That’s why we’re taking it to the Vlog to give you our 3 top tips for sleeping soundly. The well-being of your body (and the sanity of your friends and family that have to deal with you if you’re sleep deprived) depends on it!
1. Wind down. Take at least a half hour to shut down before you close your eyes. Get off your phone. Shut the tv off. The National Sleep Foundation says exposure to light stimulates a nerve pathway from the eye to parts of the brain that control hormones, body temperature and other functions that play a role in making us feel sleepy or wide awake.
Too much light, right before bedtime may prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. In fact, one study recently found that exposure to unnatural light cycles may have real consequences for our health including increased risk for depression. Regulating exposure to light is an effective way to keep circadian rhythms in check.
2. Black it out. After you’ve rid yourself of phones, computers, and TV’s it’s time to make sure your room is dark. Invest in a blackout curtain or get a sleeping mask. We’re obsessed with this domed mask by Bucky. If you have long eyelashes like us it’s a must! Your lashes won’t get crinkled during the night and it takes the pressure off of your eyelids. Sold!
3. Breathe in some calm. Having a soothing sound like rain or even a fan can help you fall asleep faster. Our favorite? Check out Calm. Calm a simple mindfulness meditation app that brings clarity and peace of mind into your life. It offers peaceful sounds, beautiful moving images and guided calming techniques and meditations. We love this app because it’s great for sleeping OR if you need a 5-minute breather in the middle of your workday.
Do you have a favorite tip or trick to get your sleep on? Tell us in the comments below! Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel HERE and check out our previous Vlogs and workout videos!
Lindsey + Amber