If there’s one thing that’s in short supply in America, it’s sleep. We used to average eight hours of sleep a night — the doctor-recommended amount — way back in 1942. Today, the national average is only about 6.8 hours of sleep every night. Even worse, a lot of you are probably thinking, “6.8 hours seems like a long time!”
What can you do to make sure that you’re getting the rest you need in order to power up for your busy day? We’ve compiled four of our best tips for falling asleep faster and getting more quality sleep. That way, you don’t have to try to carve out extra time out of your hectic schedule just to get some shut-eye.
- Wind Down at Night
Jumping right into bed after firing off a batch of emails will leave your mind reeling even after it hits the pillow. Take the time to relax and remove yourself from the pressures of the day. Have a cup of tea, read a good book, or work sore muscles with a quality neck heat pad to get your body into rest mode before you turn off the lights.
- Try Soothing Aromatherapy Scents
Certain aromas have a way of calming the brain and the body alike. Try a lavender scented heat wrap to instill peace and tranquility into your nighttime routine, or another kind of aromatherapy neck pillow to send you off to dreamland.
- Eat Well and Exercise
What you do — or don’t do — during the day can affect how you sleep at night. Studies show that people who stick to a regular exercise routine are better at falling and staying asleep. And it should come as no surprise that too much caffeine, alcohol, or junk food can keep you up when you should be catching those Z’s.
- Cultivate Your Bedroom Space
Your bedroom should be made for sleeping. Try investing in blackout curtains if outdoor light is an issue, and keep it at a comfortable, cool temperature at night. During the winter months, warm up with a heated neck pillow to help regulate your body temperature beneath the sheets.
You don’t have to sacrifice your busy schedule in order to make time for quality sleep. A few small changes and accessories, like a lavender scented heat wrap and a good book, can help you get the rest you need at night to give you the energy you want for your day.