To say that a lot has changed since we last celebrated Sleep Awareness Week would be a major understatement. Due to the shifts in our lifestyles over the past year, sleep has become even more vital to our well being. However, a solid snooze shouldn’t be grouped into the self-care fad that seems to be circulating among online communities. Because really, sleep is a different kind of self-care that goes beyond using your new Korean sheet mask or finally trying out that nail art you saved on Pinterest. While it is important that we still treat ourselves to those little luxuries, sleep is serious stuff that greatly affects the mind and body. We all need the gentle reminder that to be your best, you need to rest. So let’s explore some ways to ensure restful slumbers.
1. The Importance of Feng Shui
Feng Shui helps create a space of healing and nurturing energy, and that promotes sleep and relaxation, as well as sexual and emotional healing (Well + Good). Things like bed placement, intentional decor choices, and minimal clutter all help in promoting a relaxing environment suitable for shuteye. When your bedroom has good Feng Shui, your nervous system relaxes and you enter into a safe space, which is essential to restful sleep.
2. Electronic-Free Environments
It feels almost impossible to create a space free from electronics. But keeping TV, tablets, and phones out of the bedroom will significantly improve the quality of your sleep. This is, arguably, the toughest tip to stick to. You can start by charging your phone on the opposite side of the room and limiting Netflix binging before bedtime. Baby steps are better than no steps at all!
3. Bedtime Rituals
Everyone has their own schedule they follow before bed, but creating an intentional ritual to practice every night will help your mind and body easily drift off to dreamland. Read a few chapters of a good book, complete your five step skincare routine, stick to a consistent bedtime, or just set aside some time at night to wind down. Even things this simple will regulate your body’s clock, resulting in more peaceful zzz’s.
4. Consistent Sleep Schedules
It’s important to remember that adults function best with seven to nine hours of restful sleep at night. Though it can be difficult, keeping a consistent bedtime and wake up time helps to effectively manage your internal clock. A good starting place for this is giving yourself time to wind down at least nine hours before your morning alarm to ensure a healthy sleep schedule (Darling Magazine).
5. Practicing Gratitude
Check in with yourself just like you’d check on a friend. Paying attention to your emotions will keep you in tune to your ups and downs and help you to focus on the present (Darling Magazine). With this shift in perspective, it’s an easy step to practicing gratitude. Take time to reflect on what you’re grateful for right before you fall asleep. Happy thoughts equal peaceful sleep!
Whether you try out some dream-inducing decor, add a step to your nighttime skincare routine, or commit to clocking eight hours of sleep at night, you’re on your way to more restful shuteye just by trying one of these tips. If nothing else, we could all use the reminder to create space and make time for self-care, however that looks for you.