Having trouble catching Z’s and looking your best and brightest? VALLEY is here to help you get quality sleep by fixing your sleep hygiene.
Sleep hygiene is what you do to prepare yourself for sleep and how you put yourself in the best position to get good sleep. According to the Center for Disease Control, adults need seven hours or more of sleep each night. Better sleep means better skin, more energy and better ability to focus. Below are some tried and true tips to get your best beauty sleep.
Consistency is key
The first way to improve your sleep hygiene, you can try to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. Obviously with school, a solid bedtime can be hard with school but try to keep it consistent at least within a range of an hour or two.
Protect your space
Before you go to bed make sure your room is dark and quiet. Maybe turn on a fan and keep it at a cool to a comfortable temperature. Also, try to make it as relaxing as possible. That could mean lighting some candles, lightly playing relaxing music or nature sounds or whatever helps you wind down.
Of course, remember to blow out that candle before you hit the hay.
Think about the impact your day has on your night
Try not to drink caffeine in the afternoon or evening and avoid alcohol and big meals right before bed. Try not to use your bed for stressful activities like work or school stuff so that you associate your bed more with tranquility.
Also, exercise or movement during the day can help you feel more tired and ready for bed. Start your night routine early so that you have plenty of time to wind down before finally getting cozy in bed.
Yes, you saw this one was coming. Try not to be on your phone or laptop right before bed. Although this is hard, it can actually stimulate your brain and keep you up. If you need something to do right before bed, try to drink a cup of tea, try to read or try out journaling. Anything that is calming and doesn’t require technology is perfect to relax your brain and get you ready for slumber.
The CDC says that a third of US adults report getting less than the recommended seven-hour minimum of sleep. Not getting enough sleep can lead to health problems and contribute to mood disorders. It is time to prioritize yourself and your sleep.
VALLEY hopes you can put your best pillow forward and feel well-rested from here on out.