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Let’s face it, we all need sleep! It doesn’t matter if you’re a morning person or if you live for espresso, your body needs the right amount of sleep to function properly. Did you know that a lack of sleep is harmful to your performance and overall well-being? It’s true! You will be able to crush your goals and seize the day with the proper amount of zzz’s each night.

 If you find yourself tossing and turning don’t fret, we’ve got you covered with 5 Ways You Can Get Better Sleep!

1. Put your phone down.

You have heard it before, but it is the hardest habit to break! Scrolling through your Instagram feed while laying in bed is a no-no. Make a deal with yourself. An hour before you want to dive under the covers, put your phone on a do not disturb setting. That way you can focus on unwinding and relax with no distractions. When you do crawl in try placing your phone face down on a bedside table or vanity.  Refrain from keeping it in your bed with you! The temptation to scroll will keep you from snoozing!

2. No caffeine!

Relax, you can still have a couple cups of coffee a day! (I know we all need a pick-me-up in the morning) Try your hardest to switch to decaf after 3 pm. Caffeine takes a long time to fully leave your system, and if you’re struggling to get some shut eye this is worth a shot! There are so many alternate options; yummy herbal teas or simply decaf coffee works!

 3. Find your balance.

If your work/life balance is completely off it may be hard to sleep at night. Working overtime and eating frozen dinners is NOT sustainable. Rethink your weekly schedule and plan ahead to avoid junky snacks and meals. If you have a long day of work ahead, mix in a quick ten-minute workout to get your body moving and energized! Once you find a better rhythm in your day to day life your body will naturally be more inclined to rest at night.

4. Create an evening routine.

Routines are great to provide a familiar feeling. If you create a simple evening routine you can almost trick your body into thinking. “I should go to sleep soon”. Whether it be devoting 15 mins to reading a book or painting your nails, doing a repetitive task or an enjoyable hobby will calm your mind. Routines don’t have to be boring!

5. Be kind, unwind.

Often we overlook the importance of unwinding. After a long day don’t hesitate to indulge in a little me time. Have a bath and maybe even a glass of wine! Do some of those things you keep telling yourself you’re too busy for. For example meditating, creating a vision board, yoga, or journaling! Spend some mindful time letting go of your day and be amazed at how easy it is to drift off to la-la-land.

 With these simple tips, you’ll be sleeping in no time. Remember to value your sleep, take care of your body and give it the rest it deserves. Sweet dreams ladies!

Written by Hannah Russell

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