I didn’t realize how valuable a good night’s sleep was until I became a mom, and suddenly I was getting barely any. In pursuit of some precious shut-eye, I’ve collected a bunch of advice on how to sleep better, from things you can do during the day to ways to make your bedroom more cozy.
Each of these tips for better sleep won’t do much for you on their own, most likely, but choose two or three to start with if you toss and turn every night. Let us show you how to get better sleep.
It might sound obvious, but people often forget that they should make sure their beds are on point. Replace your old bedding (use our bedsheets guide to find the perfect set), and buy the best mattress you can afford. This is all an investment in your well-being.
If your problem is that you wake up at the slightest noise (let alone your spouse’s snoring, not that I know anything about that), try a pair of ear plugs to keep you snoozing soundly.
Sleep masks block out any extraneous light, and also make it super dark beneath your lids, which helps induce sweet, sweet sleep.
Maybe you need just the right kind of noise to help you fall asleep. Some people find the constant whirr of a fan or the ocean soothing—you can simulate these and more effects with one of these.
Listen to music or download a white noise app to drown out any sounds from your surroundings—this is particularly effective if you sleep with a partner who sleeps extra soundly.
The optimal temperature for a good night’s sleep is around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. A fan is a good way to cool off and has the added bonus of providing some relaxing white noise.
Soaking in a hot bath is a great way to relax—make it extra indulgent with a bath bomb or bubbles. Lavender scents are known to help people sleep easier.
Getting in good exercise earlier in the day, more than 4 hours before bedtime, should help you sleep easier at night.
Calming your mind—whether just before bed or periodically throughout the day—helps alleviate the anxiety that keeps many people up at night. If you're unsure about how to meditation, our meditation tips might help.
At least 1–2 hours before bedtime, lower the lights to tell your body it’s time to shut it down soon.
Acupuncture is designed to release the flow of energy in your body from blockages that can cause aches, stress, and anxiety. And once that’s all unblocked, you’ll surely sleep more soundly. Learn what to expect with our guide.
Getting some real daylight, especially for 15 minutes first thing in the morning, can help bring you down at night. If you can’t make it outside, try an artificial daylight lamp.