We all know how important it is to our overall health to get 6-8 hours sleep, and what we do before going to bed has an influence on the quality of sleep we'll get.
Turning off the TV or putting down the phone just minutes or seconds before our head hits the pillow can leave our brain racing and hyperactive. Same goes for checking email, texts or focusing on work or other potential stressor.
Our body and brain need a moment to decompress, de-stress and relax into slumber. Here are a few things you can do to really increase the quality of your sleep (and rejuvenation):
1. Turn off screens at least 30 minutes before lights out. Bonus if you can do 60+ minutes. This will give your eyes and brain time to settle down before you sleep.
2. Meditate. Even if you just sit in silence and breathe deeply, this helps your body and mind relax into a good rhythm for slumber.
3. Journal. Write out your successes and wins for the day. Are there any last thoughts, stories or concerns from the day? Jot them down so you're not kept up all night fretting. How would you like to feel when you wake up? Write that down too! Set an intention.
4. Have a small glass of water, even if it's just a couple of ounces. Your body is going to work on recovery while you sleep... make sure it's hydrated and set up for success.
Give these a try and let us know what happens!