Did you guys know that sleep is the most underused medicine? Most adults need at least 7 hours of sleep and good old American culture with our busy filled days which makes our body's requirement for sleep cut short. If you're one of those people who operate on 5 hours of sleep 🙏🏾, you're a machine, share your tricks in the comments. ⠀⠀
BUT if you're like me and need at the minimum 7 hours here's some things I do to ensure that:
1. Put my phone on do not disturb between 8pm - 9am. This has worked wonders for me in disconnecting digitally to focus on adequate rest time.
2. Set everything you need in the morning the night before. Breakfast in a form of overnight oats like the one pictured here is one way. See my Instagram for the loveliest photo of it.
3. Go to bed knowing that all that you've done for the day is enough and whatever is left over can be picked up after a good morning sweat session or stretch. We often want to keep burning the midnight oil when it comes to projects or "things we need to catch up on". Set them to rest too, you'll be better creatively when your mind is rested.
4. Meditate and diffuse lavender essential oil in my room. This has helped so much to relax me. At first I was skeptical until all of a sudden on the second week of consistently practicing both I knocked out without a fight. I love using @headspace for meditation. It's simple, easy to use, and not full of the New Age music that personally get me distracted.
5. This goes without saying but wholesome nutrition and exercise. The weeks where my sleep patterns suck it's typically the weeks where I've eaten a ton of crappy, but tasty foods. Nothing wrong with a few indulgences here and there, but when you know you've gone a little overboard you can feel it. Same goes with exercise. The weeks where I'm most inconsistent is where I lack in the sleep department. 😉 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hope this helps. What are some of the things you do to help you get those essential 7 hours of 😴?