Have you ever wished you could sleep better? Me too. Ever since Brandon and I moved to Atlanta I’ve been working on creating a comfortable home but one of the rooms I was constantly putting off was our master bedroom. It was this hodgepodge of furniture with nowhere else to go so it ended up in our bedroom. With the start of the new year, I committed to being more mindful of our resting space and finally completing our master bedroom.
It is starting to look beautiful in there! I’m just waiting to add a few final finishing touches. When my new bedding arrived I was so excited I immediately ran to the store and spent more than I’m willing to admit on a brand-new set of sheets. I’ve never slept so good in my life! Those first few mornings when I woke up feeling rested made me realize I might actually sleep better and stop being so sleep deprived. I’ve noticed so many positive changes in my life, changes like:
- Feeling less irritable / more patient
- Brighter eyes / skin
- Improved memory / focus
- More energy / less reliant on caffeine
I didn’t even have to adjust my schedule to start feeling more rested which made me happy because I’m a night owl. I discovered that getting better sleep really didn’t require that I go to bed earlier at all it but it did require that I make a few changes to my lifestyle and be more intentional about my home and my habits.
Lifestyle changes to help you sleep better
These are just a few of the changes I made to help me sleep better and feeling like I actually got enough rest. This is not inclusive of every change I made but I feel like these are the ones that made the biggest difference.
Upgrade your bed
I don’t necessarily even mean the mattress (although if you haven’t replaced it in the last 10 years then you definitely should). I didn’t buy a new mattress but I did invest in high quality sheets and pillows as well as replace my old quilt with a brand new bedding set from Lush Decor. The soft new sheets, the firm new pillows, and the warm new bedding has created such a comfortable environment that my quality of sleep went up immediately.
Plan tomorrow, tonight
I shower in the evening (thank God for dry shampoo)I have started to really plan things out the night before. Planning my wardrobe, preparing my lunch, and reviewing my planner helps quiet my mind as I know exactly how I’ll begin my day and I know exactly what my day is going to entail. A quieter mind leads to higher quality sleep.
For more about our nightly routine, see this post.
Change your alarm
I hate waking up to a loud, annoying, beeping sound. I tried waking up to music for a while but I found that my mind tends to incorporate the music into my dream and I never wake up on time. I’ve tried to adjust my alarm to different sounds but I find them all jarring. A few months ago I discovered these “sunrise” alarm clocks or wake-up lights which are absolutely incredible. Rather than waking up a loud annoying sound you wake up naturally as the light in your room slowly gets brighter and brighter. It feels so much more natural and your sleep feels so much more restful.
It only took a few nights of new habits for me to realize how poorly I had truly been sleeping before and now, I’m sleeping better than ever!