Sleep doesn’t always come easy, but that doesn’t mean the sleep tips we use to get a good night’s rest need to be difficult.
I’ve always been a pretty good sleeper – but as I continue to age (as we do!) I’ve noticed that sleep doesn’t always come as easily as it used to. Perhaps my hard drive is more full of spam, so logging off takes a bit longer; or perhaps this is one of those things that becomes physiologically more difficult as time goes on (hormones?).
Or perhaps it’s a bit of both. Regardless, this man needs his sleep.
4 Sleep Tips That Help Me
1. Put my phone on airport mode.
For many of us, our phones are also our alarm clocks, which means charging them in our bedrooms overnight is a practical choice. On airport mode, the clock and alarm still work – plus you’ve signaled to yourself that you’ve chosen to disconnect from the phone, which has a calming effect.
As far as sleep tips go, this one is a must, and it’s the easiest thing to do.
2. Go to bed hydrated.
Do you ever get restless legs? I’m quite confident that, in myself, this is a symptom of being dehydrated. Sometimes we avoid drinking water before going to bed because we’re afraid to be up all night peeing. I find that if I drink a big glass of water about 20 minutes before I plan to sleep, then I’ll have time to pee off the excess water before I doze off. And the sleep is so much smoother when your body has water to keep it well-oiled.
Most sleep tips don’t mention much about drinking water, so I consider this one my secret weapon.
3. Read a book.
It’s very tempting to turn on Netflix when you get into bed, amirite?! And sometimes I do. But I find that the times I read before bed I fall off to sleep much faster. Something about the act of reading a story leads me off into dream land more peacefully. If I do find myself watching Netflix (which I do sometimes) at the very least I turn the volume down to low, and dim the screen brightness to the bottom setting.
Some sleep tips suggest avoiding reading in your bed, so that you only associate the space with sleeping. I, however, find drifting off to sleep while reading in bed really helps me.
4. Sleep on your side with your knees pulled up, consistently.
Sort of like the fetal position, but not quite as squeezed together. I’ve always tended to sleep on my side, but have toggled to various positions over the years. However, I have found this to be the best position for many reasons, but especially because it allows a rest period for your lower back. Regardless if you sit in a chair for work, or spend hours each week in the gym, your lower back is constantly being engaged. Unlike other parts of the body, like the legs, arms, and shoulders, the lower back is in a constant state of use. Sleeping on your side with your knees pulled up takes all pressure off your lower back, giving it a much-needed rest period.
Happy sleeping, friends. I hope my sleep tips help you catch those wonderful zzzzzzzzzz’s your body and mind need.