We all sleep in different ways. From temperatures to positions, your sleep preferences are unique and individual to you. That’s why it’s important to think about you and your own body when formulating why you may not be getting a full night’s rest when your head hits the pillow. With sleep being one of the most important bodily functions, it’s really important to make sure you’re getting enough fulfilling rest.
Are you an early bird or a night owl? Either way consistency is key when getting enough sleep. As tempting as it is to sleep in on weekends, it’s important to keep your body on the same sleep schedule. Disruptions like staying up to late one night or hitting snooze one too many times on a Saturday can really mess up your body’s natural circadian rhythm. Keeping to the same schedule that allows for 8 hours of solid rest is a great step into getting a better night’s rest. One of the first thing people do when their schedule gets too crazy is cut back on sleeping, but that habit is counterproductive! Staying up late can lower your productivity rate because you’ll be too tired to complete tasks efficiently. Time to say goodbye to all-nighters and say hello to a steady sleeping schedule.
Sometimes when life gets crazy it’s hard not to think about everything that needs to get done. However, staying up all night thinking about getting things done only exacerbates the problem. If you’re in the habit of checking your phone, making to-do lists and other detailed-thinking activities before bed then it’s time to switch up your routine. Checking your phone and watching TV before bed can signal to your brain that the bright lights are on so I should be too. Time to turn off the lights and unwind before bed. Giving yourself the down time to relax and focus on your physical well-being is way more important than seeing someone’s dinner posted on Instagram. Also, with a world of social media following us everywhere we go it is important we don’t stay up late thinking about what everyone else is doing. To keep those racing thoughts at bay, it’s important to take the steps to clear your thoughts and mind before sleep. After all, sleeping time is YOUR time and it’s up to you to get the most of it so don’t be afraid to do whatever it takes to get comfortable before falling asleep.
Sometimes poor sleep comes down to being uncomfortable. It may seem daunting to have everything right when it’s time to go to sleep. There are so many small details to take care of like finding the right pillow for neck and head support, picking the right sheets so that you’re not too hot or cold while you’re sleeping, and choosing a mattress that supports your back in the position that you are most comfortable sleeping in. Once you have all the right sleeping tools, it’s time for the temperature and lights.
Most people are comfortable in a cool, quiet, and dark room. Keeping the temperature lower allows you to snuggle up under the covers and not feel overheated while you rest. No one wants to wake up in the middle of the night sweating! Try keeping your room on the cool side and see if it helps you get a better night’s rest. Having your room dark will also signal to your body that it’s time to sleep. You can have a small dim night light if needed but try to sleep with your room as dark as possible to allow your body to fully rest.
We live our days a lot of the time for other people but how you sleep is up to you! Establishing a healthy nighttime routine is important because you are signaling your body that it’s time to wind down. Some great ways to start winding down are taking a hot bath or using aromatherapy to calm your senses. Smells like lavender and eucalyptus are often associated with relaxation so maybe try using scents like that. If you find yourself drowsy after taking CBD then we recommend taking a dose of CBD before bed each night.
Whether you try a bath or read a book, going to bed shouldn’t feel like a chore but instead like self-care. You should do the things that make you happy and feel comfortable before hitting the hay. Put down your phone and laptop, stop drinking caffeine late at night, and focus on what makes you feel the best before bed.
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