Sleep is so important to me that I will prioritize a good night’s sleep over almost anything. It’s better than going out “just because”, and it is better than long drawn out phone calls, because I know how badly I function without enough restorative sleep. It also doesn’t help that living in a big city like New York, there is constant background noise in more populated areas. Noises can vary from the sound of school buses early on the weekday mornings, taxicabs honking, passing conversation, or someone’s truly heinous booming sound system in the middle of the night.
Because I am an expert in all things (surely). I can give you my tried and true tips for a great night’s sleep even in hectic NYC
- Get into a calming routine before bedtime. Do the same positive things every night so your body will recognize that it is time for sleep even if you are traveling and staying at a hotel. This could include a hot cup of tea, a series of calming stretches, meditation, writing in your journal, planning your outfit for the next day or a super relaxing hot shower.
- Getting your bedroom prepared for sleep! Turn off or dim bright lights, possibly invest in a weighted blanket if you suffer from anxiety, fill your room with scents of aromatherapy that calm your senses and no eating right before bed!!
- Wear earplugs! If you are a light sleeper, this is only logical. The outside sounds won’t allow you to reach the deepest, most healing part of sleep, REM sleep if you aren’t at ease.
- Clear your bedroom of all electronics. If you don’t have a television in your bedroom you have no choice to sleep. Your cell phone should be placed outside your bedroom on “Do Not Disturb”. Emails and Instagram can wait until morning. The bedroom is for basically two things sex and sleeping. This is also handy when it comes to waking up. If your phone is your alarm, and it isn’t right next to you, you can’t hit snooze if it’s in another room, duh.
- Have a decent mattress to sleep on. This is the most important tip. The biggest investment in your bedroom is probably your bed, frame and mattress combined. So it should be the best that you can afford because it affects so much from your posture to your peace of mind. Shop for a mattress that supports your spine and to relieve you of the pressure of sitting and standing all day. Your pillows should support your neck in a straight line with the mattress. And the mattress shouldn’t dip or bow when you are fully reclined. The base should be supportive as well. Luckily, many retailers allow you to “test drive” before committing, for example, this adjustable bed base from Ghost Bed. It even has head and foot massage! Get outta here!! What’s more relaxing than that??!!!
Do you have any good sleep tips to share? What are some of your favorites tips that I may have missed? Are they any different from when you are traveling? Tell me all about it in the comments below
Until our next rendezvous …