Sleep is important, and you know that. But sometimes it can be difficult to find the rest you need to get a really good night's sleep. If you often lie awake at night or feel tired and exhausted the next morning, then it could be down to your sleep hygiene. But don't worry, I have some tips for you on how to improve your sleeping habits and find restful nights.

Create a pleasant atmosphere in your bedroom

Your bedroom should be a place of relaxation. Make sure it is clean, tidy and well ventilated. Pay attention to the room temperature - it shouldn't be too warm or too cold, but comfortable and cozy. Dark curtains or blinds can help to keep out disturbing light. If possible, also keep out sources of noise such as traffic or noisy neighbors. A quiet atmosphere in the bedroom can help you fall asleep faster and enjoy deeper sleep.

Ask yourself: How can I design my bedroom to create a calming and inviting atmosphere?

Develop a personal bedtime ritual

A bedtime ritual can work wonders to prepare your body and mind for sleep. Find out which activities relax and calm you down. These can be things like reading, taking a warm bath or light stretching exercises. The point is to create a routine that helps you leave the stress and hectic pace of the day behind and tune into sleep. Make sure your ritual is regular and takes place at roughly the same time every evening.

Ask yourself: What activities help me best to calm down and tune into sleep?

Separate work and sleep

It's tempting to work or take business calls in bed, especially when you have a lot to do. But this can affect your sleep quality. Your brain associates certain spaces with certain activities. When you work in bed, you send conflicting signals to your brain and it becomes harder to prepare for sleep. Try to separate your work area from your sleep area and only associate your bed with sleep. This will help your brain to recognize the difference between work and relaxation more clearly.

Ask yourself: How can I maintain my bed as a sacred place of rest and relaxation and not use it for work or business activities?

Listen to your body

It's important to pay attention to your body's signals. Sleep when you're tired, not just because it's time to go to bed. Try to stick to a regular sleep schedule that matches your natural sleep-wake cycle. This means that you should try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on weekends. By letting your body sleep naturally, you will feel more rested and energized.

Ask yourself: How can I better understand my body and adapt my sleep habits to its natural signals?

Avoid heavy meals in the evening

What you eat and when you eat can have a big impact on your sleep. Heavy, greasy meals in the evening can put a strain on your digestion and cause discomfort, which can disrupt sleep. Try to avoid heavy meals in the evening and opt for lighter options instead. Eat about two to three hours before bedtime to give your body enough time to digest the food before you go to sleep.

Ask yourself: What lighter meals can I prepare in the evening to support my sleep?

Sleep hygiene is an individual matter, and it may take some time to find the right habits for you. But if you follow these tips and continually work on your sleep hygiene, you'll feel the benefits in the form of restful nights and increased energy during the day. Take time to listen to yourself and your body and develop the sleep habits that suit you. You deserve to sleep well and start the day full of energy!

Written by Skindividual founder
David Togni
October 26, 2023