If there’s anyone that can teach you something about a good night’s sleep, it’s me. Not to brag, but I’m really good at sleeping. Honestly, if they did a live action version of Sleeping Beauty, they’d cast me. But in all seriousness: Having a good night’s sleep is CRUCIAL to being the most productive version of yourself. It’s actually one of the key points I mention in my How to be Productive When Working from Home. post. In this post I’ll be giving you my top tips on how to sleep better, and by doing so, becoming more SUCCESSFUL!
My TOP TIPS on how to sleep better at night.
1. Create a routine.
I’m going to start this list with the number 1 thing you already know you should be doing. This is an official reminder: Get into a consistent sleeping routine!
The average person needs around 8 hours of sleep per night, but I personally know I feel best with 9. Take a moment to decide on your personal sleeping needs. Now think about what time you usually have to get up for work, school, etc. If you have to get up at 7:30 and need 8 hours of sleep, you need to be in bed by 23:30 the latest!
However, I HIGHLY recommend turning in about half an hour before you’re supposed to be sleeping and take that time to read something or listen to a podcast or audiobook. I’m definitely one of those people that has a million thoughts spinning around in my head when I’m trying to sleep, and I find that a little “relaxing time” before bed helps my brain to calm down a bit.
I like to use the “Bedtime” function on my iPhone’s clock app to track my sleep. It’s just a simple way to get a quick overview on my sleeping habits and also gives me a reminder when it’s almost time to go to bed. The free version of Sleep Cycle has a similar function for Android users!
Just kidding. But kind of… When I suffered from serious insomnia a while back, my dad actually recommended me to use CBD oil drops. I used to put two drops under my tongue about half an hour before bed and they would help me fall asleep much faster. Don’t worry, CBD is non-psychoactive! If you would like to learn more about it, click HERE to read a Harvard Health article about it.
Click HERE for the CBD oil I have personally used – They are from Holland & Barrett. (I think it’s very important that you get the supplement from a source that you know and trust.)
*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. If you are unsure if CBD oil is a good fit for you, speak with your physician.
3. Make your bed SUPER comfortable.
I have made my bed so comfortable, I can’t wait to go to sleep every night! Having a comfortable bed might be the most important step to take on improving your sleep. In the future, I’ll write a post on how exactly I make my bed look AND feel luxurious to make you feel like you’re sleeping in a hotel bed. For now, I’ll give you my 2 best tips to make your bed feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud!
Invest in a mattrass topper.
A comfortable mattress topper will make the biggest difference for a good night’s sleep, and is particularly amazing when you suffer from back or neck pains like me. They come in all different price ranges, so I’ll give you a few different options:
Click HERE for the Tempur mattress topper I personally own– Just a heads up: It is definitely not cheap and a serious investment. I’ll give you two more options that are much more budget-friendly as well. However, as I just mentioned, I suffer from pretty bad back and neck pains and decided to get this mattress topper a few years ago and I can tell you it was totally worth it for me!
Click HERE for a much more budget-friendly option – I have not tried this particular topper myself, but I have done the research for you. From what I’ve read, this is the best topper within the price range (under $100, with 3 years of warranty and almost 700 five-star reviews.) Sounds pretty good to me!
Click HERE for the best option for students – If you’re only going to use your topper for 1 – 2 years, a cheaper version will be just fine. This topper for a single bed is under $20!
Use a weighted blanket.
If you don’t know what a weighted blanket is, it’s a heavy type of blanket that is supposed to make you feel very safe and grounded, which in turn could help you sleep better. They are usually on the pricier side, but I found this very affordable one on Amazon! Click HERE to check it out.
4. Use blue light glasses.
Just like many of you, I spend a lot of time working on my laptop and looking at my phone. The blue light emitted by these screens can cause eyestrain and also make it harder for you to fall asleep. One solution for this is to wear blue light glasses that will block the blue light whenever you’re using your screens – which is especially important later in the day as you approach bedtime.
I got this really cute (and affordable) pair off of Amazon, you can click HERE to check them out for yourself. They’ve also got so many other great options if these particular ones aren’t really your style! I just really like the science class vibes they give me.
If you don’t want to spend money on a pair of blue light glasses, another solution is to turn the brightness of your screen down and put it on Night Shift Mode. You can access this by pressing down on the brightness area in the swipe-up menu, or you can simply ask Siri to do it for you. Newer MacBooks will have this same feature as well.
I find that a combination of both works best for me!
5. Use an eye mask and earplugs.
I feel like this tip is pretty straightforward, so I won’t take up too much of your time with this one. However, I do think this can be very helpful when you’re a light sleeper, OR live with roommates (if you know, you know). You can really find these everywhere online, but just a quick little tip: Buying earplugs in bulk (for example on Amazon) will make it extremely cheap!
6. Watch an ASMR video before bed.
As my final tip, I recommend you to watch an ASMR video before you go to sleep! I know this is definitely not for everyone, but I find it incredibly relaxing! If you don’t know what ASMR is, it’s basically gentle stimulus (such as calming sounds) that will make you feel relaxed in combination with a tingling sensation in the scalp and down the back of the neck. It’s a little hard to describe, but you just have to try it for yourself!
I really love watching Itsblitzzz, she does relaxing ASMR massages and has a very calming voice I could listen to all day. Another channel I love is JadeyWadey180, a licensed aesthetician who gives clients ASMR facials in her “Complexions” series. I highly recommend you check them out!
That concludes my top tips on how to sleep better!
I’m no stranger to having sleepless nights, constantly calculating how many hours of sleep I’m still able to get “if I just fall asleep now”. Implementing these tips has really changed a lot for me when it comes to the quality of my sleep. I hope they help you as much as they’ve helped me! Please share this post if they did, and follow me on Instagram @ReneeHalfway and subscribe to my blog to get notified on new posts and more tips on becoming successful!