I don’t think I need to convince you any further that sleep is the cheapest way to be holistically healthy, and not to freak you out any more than you probably already are, but you know those times you’ve stayed out late until 2am, stumbled into your bed and woken up at 8am for a full day’s work? But then Saturday is the next day so you sleep for 12 hours straight thinking you’re gifting your body by making up the sleep you lost the night before? News flash honey – YOU CAN’T MAKE BACK SLEEP. Sleep that is lost, is lost.
Our suggestion? Get 8 hours every night. Now, I know it’s hard because for some reason we have a million other things we put before our wellbeing, but here are some really easy simple tips to ensure you get 8 hours sleep consistently:
- Create a Consistent Bedtime Routine: Set a regular bedtime and stick to it as much as possible, even on weekends. Creating a consistent routine helps signal to your body that it's time to wind down and prepare for sleep. Incorporate relaxing activities before bed, such as reading a book, taking a warm bath, or practicing gentle stretching, to help your mind and body unwind.
- Create a Sleep-Friendly space: Make your bedroom a peaceful and comfortable sleep haven. Keep the room cool, dark, and quiet. Consider using blackout curtains, earplugs, or a white noise machine to block out distractions, a comfy mattress and pillow is a great investment.
- Limit Screen Time Before Bed: The one you wished we wouldn’t mention – but the blue light emitted by electronic devices interfere crazily with your sleep. Ideally, avoid using screens at least an hour before bed. Rather read a book, listen to gentle music, or maybe practicing mindfulness or meditation.
- Prioritize Regular Exercise: Doing regular physical activity can help regulate your sleep patterns. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week. Try not to do intense exercise just before bedtime, as it can stimulate your body and make it harder to fall asleep. Find a routine that works for you and try to stick to it.
- Practice Good Sleep Hygiene: Develop healthy sleep habits to support a consistent sleep schedule. No coffee or HUGE meal too close to bedtime, as they can interfere with sleep quality. If you’re going to nap (huge nap advocates here) try not to do it too late in the day. Have your pre-sleep routine waxed. Wear comfy PJ’s (Home Time, duh).
Remember, creating a habit takes time, patience and a whole lot of love. Be consistent and mindful, and give yourself time to adjust to the new routine.
Moral of the story? SLEEP. Don’t be so busy being busy all the time, invest in yourself and your wellness – all of that love we give to ourselves, will spill onto others, and that my friends, is how we make the world a better place. Yip, by sleeping.
All our love,
The Tulua Sun team and The Home Time team