One of the best tips for better sleep we’ve heard is associating a bedtime routine with your five senses.
Use The Senses To Connect Sleep, Health, And Body
Thomas Dekker (writer, not actor) reminds us that, “sleep is the golden chain that binds health and our bodies together.”
Sleep enables our senses to work properly, which we can use to help our bodies sleep properly. It’s a win-win on this front.
Eliminate the tech devices an hour before bedtime to allow your body to start producing melatonin. When you stare at the television or your smartphone, you are tricking your eyes into thinking it is still daylight, making it more difficult to fall asleep.
Pick a calming scent and associate it with bedtime (and bedtime only). Lavender is a good choice because it’s not too invigorating. Use an oil, or be bold and place fresh lavender under your pillow. Your body will soon associate this scent with falling asleep.
Many people love adding a white noise to help fall asleep. Is it raining outside? Crack the window and listen to it pour.
About 15 minutes before going to bed, have a cup of warm, decaffeinated tea. The warm liquid will relax your body.
Temperature is your friend when you are preparing to sleep. Many people find it easiest to fall asleep when the bedroom is cooler and the blankets are warmer, making it perfect to snuggle up, get cozy, and doze off.
Do you have other helpful tips for better sleep habits? Train your body for bedtime in order to get the right amount of sleep for a healthier life.