Getting a good night’s sleep and feeling energised for your day is often easier said than done. With disruptions, overbooked schedules, and this little thing called ‘life’, our sleep is often the thing that’s compromised when something has to give. At An Organised Life we think it's important to balance our productivity with just as much rest & recovery and self care time including a good nights sleep.
We spoke to The Goodnight Co co-founders Shea Morrison and Danielle Knight on how to create a sleep routine. The saying ‘Consistency is Key’ is as true for sleep as it is for diet and exercise. As the Third Pillar of Health, getting quality, restful sleep is a non-negotiable when it comes to maintaining a healthy, balanced life.
Building A Sleep Routine
Building a consistent sleep routine is essential to help your body understand the cues and signifiers of sleep. We recommend implementing small, simple steps that you are able to maintain for a period of time. Here are our 3 top tips for creating a good sleep routine:
1. Stick to a consistent sleep and wake cycle
Consistency underpins the creation of any successful routine. If you sleep and wake at different times daily, you may find it hard to sleep well. Sleep is very personal, and what works for someone else, may not work for you. Start by determining how many hours of sleep you need to feel rested, and set a sleeping schedule that allows you to achieve that.
2. It’s personal and you should enjoy it
Your sleep routine shouldn’t be challenging or feel like a chore. You should feel good knowing you are setting yourself up for a good night’s sleep, and incorporate things that make you feel good. Consider things you enjoy doing that make you feel relaxed and sleepy. This could be as simple as playing soft music, reading a book or taking a hot shower. These things all become mental cues that prepare your body and mind for sleep.
3. A good night’s sleep begins in the morning
The way we spend our days impacts how we sleep. Diet, exercise, sunlight and even mood all directly affect our sleep quality and duration. We recommend getting 10 minutes of sunlight when you wake in the morning to set your circadian rhythm, and paying attention to sleep aids and stimulants in your diet.
Creating Your Routine:
To create a routine that works for you, try tracking your sleep habits for 10 days and reflect on actions that are conducive to your sleep, or detrimental to it. Write it down in your favourite An Organised Life notebook or diary to give yourself the tools to build a bespoke routine that will be successful for you. Creating a consistent sleep routine and prioritising sleep will have you looking and feeling your best everyday, so you can rise and truly shine!
Sleep Well, Be Well.
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