• Stephanie Harper

How I Get Better Sleep

Happy Thursday! How’s everyone doing? Well, I hope!


Sleep is our focus this week! Having good sleep habits is key to living a healthy life. It’s where we gain our energy to take on the day. So when we have sleeping issues, it affects everything! Thankfully, there are some things we can do to try and improve this habit. Here are two things that help me!


To get a good night’s rest, we need a good base which means a quality mattress. I know it can be tough justifying buying a new mattress, since It’s such a big purchase. But it’s arguably one of the most important things in our lives. We literally spend six or more hours in it every night! I used to sleep on a hand-me-down twin bed whose springs poked and prodded me all night. And I did this for 3 years because I couldn’t bring myself to spending money. But here’s the thing: taking care of yourself shouldn’t take a backseat to your finances. Granted, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to call something self-care, but a comfortable mattress is a necessary investment. I was not sleeping well during the night, but I also had back problems during the day. My issues were compounded because of a bad mattress. However, when I finally took the plunge and invested in something I knew would benefit me (a new bed), I immediately noticed a difference in my life: deeper sleep and less back pain. How long have you had your current mattress? Are you sleeping well? If not, maybe it’s time for you to start working towards this practical solution.


The second thing that’s helped me the most is charging my phone in a different room. We all know we’re not supposed to look at our phones before we sleep, yet the lure of mindlessly scrolling is usually too strong to resist. For me, it’s difficult to not have my phone next to me because it’s my alarm. This is the perfect excuse to keep my phone by my bedside. However, I finally got serious and switched to an actual alarm clock and moved my phone to where I couldn’t reach it. And what a difference! I’m not staying up an extra hour or so because I can easily reach over and get on an app. Another perk is that my charger’s light doesn’t bother me anymore. I don’t know about you, but I can be pretty sensitive to light keeping me awake. Now, I actually have a dark room which facilitates a deeper sleep.


And there you have it! A few of the ways I’m trying to improve my own sleep life!


What actions have you taken? Do you stick by a strict bedtime? Refuse to do work in bed? Let us know in the comments below!


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