Improve Your Sleep, Beauty! 6 Easy Tips To Feel Your Best
Updated: Aug 3
Sleep. We're all doing it. But can we do it better? The answer to this question is probably a YES for most of us. In this post, I'm going to share some of my favorite easy tips and tricks that can help you improve your sleep. We'll have you snoozing regularly in no time and living your best life!
Why You Need To Improve Your Sleep
But first, why do you even need to improve your sleep?
Sleep is one of the most (the most?) powerful recovery tools there is. When the body is sleeping, both the brain and the body are able to rest. We wake up feeling more energized, our bodies re-charged.
So of course, the better you sleep, the better your body and mind can recover.
This is a healthy lifestyle blog heavily focused on fitness so of course, I have to mention this next...
Muscle recovery is stimulated during sleep, as restorative functions like blood flow and hormone releases take place. Science aside, I know if I have just one bad night's sleep, I'm going to feel it in my body for the next few days (especially at running practice).
Working out intensely every day, combined with any type of sleep problems in athletes, can cause athletic performance to decrease.
While our bodies love and crave it, it's not always easy to get that deep, restorative sleep that we require. Busy schedules, wandering minds, and the new season of that one show (*cough cough* guilty), all get in the way at some point.
If your ability to sleep has been a source of frustration for you, it's really important to find ways to improve your sleep. If you've ever read this Training Update, you know I suffer from a severe headache disorder. Without much of a specific remedy or cure, maintaining a healthy sleeping schedule is one of the best things I can do to lessen the severity of outbreaks.
All that's to say, trust me when I push the power of good sleep habits on you! It's important to me in more ways than one.
With these quick and easy tips, you can learn how to sleep better at night naturally.
And if you're like me, you'll start hating mornings less because you'll feel refreshed and ready to take on the day!
6 Tips To Improve Your Sleep
There are a lot of things you can do to improve your sleep. And as much as I love naps, relying on them isn't one of them.
From finding ways to improve your sleep schedule to learning how to improve your sleep environment, it's actually the simplest changes in habit that can make the strongest impact.
Let's get into these 6 ideas for improving your sleep that aren't difficult to start doing but will certainly make a huge difference in your life!
1) Turn The Temperature Down To Fall Sleep Faster
Sleeping in colder temperatures can actually help you fall asleep faster and sleep deeper. Sound like a nightmare? Hear me out on this one.
Our body temperatures naturally fall as we approach sleep, and an overly hot room directly negates this natural occurrence. As a result, falling asleep might be harder in warm rooms and the sleep you do get might be less deep and restorative.
It's also thought that colder temperatures (60-68 degrees) stimulate melatonin production in the body. Which, if you didn't already know, is a naturally occurring substance that our body produces to help it fall asleep.
While simply boosting the AC might help you, there are other options to help you optimize your sleep. If you're prone to waking up in sweats or aren't feeling recovered despite consistently getting good sleep, you might be looking for a solution.
Chili Technology has created a range of products that aim to solve sleep problems through cooling solutions. Their sleep system uses hydro-power (water) to regulate the temperature of your bed. It comes with a remote or a phone app (depending on which system you decide on) that helps you design your perfect temperature pattern.