Young beautiful woman is sleeping in her bed, daylight outside.

We are told by experts that we all need to sleep for 7-9 hours of us to have a healthy body and mind while feeling awake and alive without the constant yawning each day. Ask any new parent how sleep deprivation effects their lives, personality and energy levels while we all know that jet lag and constant late nights don’t make us feel at the top of our game. Prioritizing our sleep should be important to each and everyone of us, these are the 3 things I am doing now to increase the quality of my sleep.

Caffeine

Everyone loves their coffee but switching to tea after lunch can really make a huge difference. I have my coffee in the AM and tea in the PM. Herbal tea and green tea have lots of benefits for your body, there are also many ‘sleepy teas’ out there that can help your mind and body relax with ingredients of Chamomile, Valerian, Lavender and Lemon Balm.

Set An Alarm 

Set an alarm to get yourself ready for bed. I set an alarm for 30 minutes before bedtime, which reminds me to turn off or dim all the lights and only keep one or two lamps on. It’s also the time I step away from my computer, turn my phone to silent or put down whatever other device I am using. Apple has a ‘Night Vision’ mode that adjusts your devices to a warmer colour, research shows that the blue tones in your device screen can keep your brain activity high. Changing into my pyjamas and washing my face all subtly remind my brain to get ready to sleep.

Gratitude Journal

I simply write down anything on my mind but not my to-do list for the next day, because it starts me thinking of everything I have to achieve that next day and that can stress me out!  Next I write down 5 things I’m grateful for and also why, going to sleep with a positive mindset helps me relax and my brain to slow down.