February 23rd, 2017 | Sleep
Gurus Advise: Sleep Your Best
Sleep is a quiet but integral part of any wellness journey. Part of resting your best is having a night routine that helps you relax. Unwinding your mind from a busy day can be hard, so we asked our panel of bloggers to weigh in. Give their sleeping hacks a try when you get ready for bed tonight!
What does your ideal routine for sleep look like?
Sleep has always been a challenge for me, but it is incredibly important to my wellness routine both physically and emotionally. For me I make it a priority to get in bed or at least start getting ready for bed at 10pm in order to get 8 hours of solid sleep. Then my room is nice and dark with no lights coming from the outside and no electronics on in my room. Also, it is really important for me to pay attention to what I am eating through the day in order to balance my blood sugar (so that I don't wake up in the middle of the night) and that I have not had any sugar or caffeine late in the day as both will keep me up at night.
Nutritionist and Blogger at A Time to Thrive with Kasin
Probably just relaxing and reading a book before bed while doing a face mask. It practically never happens but I always have the best sleep when I haven't been on my phone or watching tv before bed, and face masks are so relaxing!
Fitness Pro and CEO @HaileyBettencourtFitness
I find I feel the most rested if I go to bed before midnight. If go to bed at 2 am, I won't feel as rested even if I get the same hours of sleep. I also don't have caffeine past 2 pm or I won't sleep as well. Ultimately it's different for every individual. But figuring out what works for you is key, because we all function and feel better when we're well-rested!
Model & Rock Climber. Founder of @climbing_is_my_passion
I usually try to relax by hanging out with my partner, writing down reminders or thoughts that I have for the next day, watching TV or surfing the internet. But the key thing is I need at least 8 hours of restful sleep.
Food blogger @oishiimoments
Ideally I like to make sure I have thought about what went on during the day and what needs to be done for the next day long before I sleep. Once that is done the majority of my stressors are free from my mind. Once my mind is clear I make sure to sleep when I’m slightly tired. If I am not tired enough I will toss and turn which in turn keeps me awake. Lastly, I enjoy listening to calming sounds like white noise or light river water.
Owner of Rosenthal Sports and Fitness
I like setting an evening alarm, or having a cue to start getting ready for bed. Usually around 9pm I start brushing teeth, shutting down, and getting into bed.
Creative force behind The Gantzery
I’m a creature of habit when it comes to wellness so my routine’s the same every night. I take a relaxing shower, moisturize my skin, and turn off ALL of my electronic devices. Then, I crack open a book and read for a good half-hour before hitting the hay.
Pianist, Teacher, and Lifestyle Blogger at The Sensible Stylista
I like to have dinner at least 2 hours before bed time, because its hard for me to sleep when I am full. Ideally, I like to have 30 minutes to read something not work related. Preferably a paper back book to avoid the light that comes from computers and phones. I usually spray my pillow with some lavender too.
Nutrition Wellness Expert at The Well Necessities
Hope you were able to gather some ideas on ways to improve your sleep. Tonight, try adding something new to your night routine. Let us know how it goes in the comments below. Sweet dreams!
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Linda Cheng, Social Media and Content Manager
Linda graduated from the University of California, Irvine with three majors in Psychology, Urban Studies, and Social Ecology, as well as a minor in Global Sustainability. Her goal is to promote sustainable healthy living by providing the resources needed for success. Using smart data services and motivational psychology, she aims to move users towards long-term lifestyle changes for better health and fitness.