Do you find yourself waking up in the morning, only to feel as though you didn’t get any rest at all? Are those first few hours of the morning a fog or blur as you try to wake up, get focused, and go about your day? Do you find yourself “hitting the wall” by mid-afternoon and wishing you could have a nap? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then there’s a good chance you’re not getting enough quality sleep at night. Not getting enough sleep can turn into a vicious circle quite quickly, making it hard to break free.
Create a Bedtime Routine
While you may think that a bedtime routine is something reserved for kids, this isn’t the case at all. Everyone can benefit from a bedtime routine that you stick to. This means going to bed at the same time each night, following specific steps that help relax you, and ensuring that your routine isn’t interrupted.
Ensure Your Bedroom Encourages Restful Sleep
Sometimes the problem may be the environment that you are trying to sleep in. Does your bedroom actually encourage restful sleep? This includes such things as window coverings that block the light, a comfortable mattress and pillow, sheets that are lightweight and breathable, a bedroom that is cool (using a fan can help to circulate the air), and a bedroom that is free of distractions that can make it hard to turn your mind off – such as a television.
Cut Out Caffeine and Alcohol too Close to Bedtime
For those in the habit of drinking caffeine and/or alcohol in the late afternoon and evening, this could actually be contributing to your sleep issues. Make sure you’re not drinking these beverages too close to bedtime.
Give a Terpene a Try
If you’re looking for a solution that helps you to calm down, address any anxiety, nerves or restlessness before bed – then a terpene could be a great solution. A terpene can be explained as an aromatic compound that is found in herbs and plants. Another place you can find it is in the cannabis plant and there are a number of terpenes that are best for sleep and relaxation, especially when paired with CBD.
Some that interact well with CBD include myrcene, which can be found in mangos, thyme, and lemongrass; linalool, which can be found in such plants as lavender, laurel, sweet basil; terpinolene, which can be found in such things as apples, lilacs, and nutmeg; and then caryophyllene, which can be found in such things as cinnamon, basil, cloves, and black pepper.
Include Exercise in Your Daily Routine
It’s also a good habit to include exercise or physical activity during your day. This will help to tire you out so you actually sleep at bedtime.
Get the Sleep You Need
Getting enough sleep isn’t usually just about one small change; rather, it is embracing a number of different tips. A good nights sleep is very important for your health. Anything that will help you to sleep better is worth the effort.