A lot of exciting things have been going on in my life recently! A big one is that I moved in August. The biggest issue I had when I moved was I had a horrible time sleeping. The first couple weeks, me and my dog, Miss Cammie, slept HORRIBLY! I was exhausted and frustrated and just wanted sleep.
I made some adjustments and now, we’re sleeping great again! I’ve already made a post on how to get a good night’s sleep, (click HERE for that). This post is just more things you can do to get a good nights sleep!
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1. Make sure it’s DARK!
And by dark, I mean like blackout dark. When I first moved, I thought I’d be fine with just the blinds…I was sooo wrong. My apartment has super bright street lights, which is great for safety, horrible for sleeping. So I got blackout curtains and it helped so much!
2. Adding to it being dark in the bedroom, another thing I’ve been doing is sleeping with a sleep mask.
A sleep mask helps block out any extra light so it’s pitch dark! Trying to fall asleep when it’s pitch dark is so much easier. The sleep mask blocks out any extra light like from my clock. It also helps me sleep when I’m not at home which is really nice!
3. Put electronics in night mode.
If you’re someone who uses electronics before bed, there is a setting you can implement that turns the blue light off. Most people know by now that blue light keeps our brains going which makes it harder to fall asleep. Putting your electronics in night mode casts a reddish color light which is much easier on the eyes. I also turn the brightness way down.
4. Get a radiation blocking phone case and sleep with your phone in airplane mode.
Radiation from our phones is horrible for our overall health. The 5G we have now emits the strongest radiation from electronics. If you’re not sleeping well and if you’re waking up groggy and wake up with headaches, it might be the radiation causing it. I have THIS PHONE CASE which blocks over 90% of radiation AND I sleep with my phone in airplane mode so zero radiation is emitted at night. Also, since I live by myself so it’s only me using my internet, I got the 3G from Verizon. It’s way cheaper and there’s less radiation! It’s really been helping my sleep quality!
5. Make sure your bedroom is a relaxing environment for you!
I mentioned clutter in my last post on this topic, but getting rid of clutter is soo mentally freeing! But overall, just make sure your bedroom is a relaxing place for you to be in. If there’s something about your room that’s causing you stress or that doesn’t make you feel relaxed, get rid of it or change it! Rearrange the furniture, invest in some cozy blankets, get a nice plush rug, do whatever you need to do (within your financial means) to create a relaxing space.
Improve the air quality in your bedroom. Replace air filters, sleep with an air purifier, get some air purifying plants, sleep next to a Himalayan Salt Lamp, light some beeswax candles…all of these things can improve the air quality in your home! If your nose gets stuffed up and it wakes you up or prevents you from falling asleep, then your air quality might be to blame.
Moral of the story is there are so many aspects in our life that can affect our sleep. Some of these tips might work for you, or maybe none of them will help. The most important thing is to figure out what’s causing your sleep issues. Journaling can help you get to the bottom if it. Everyone is different and everyone has different needs when it comes to sleeping. Let me know if you give any of these a try! I’d love to hear how they work for you!