After we’re caught up with our day-to-day responsibilities, it can be hard to wind down and get enough sleep. However, getting a good night’s sleep is one major way to decrease vulnerability and to prepare for whatever comes our way. Here are some tips for better sleep:
Develop a sleep hygiene routine: What we do before bed helps prepare us for sleep. Find something that helps you to wind down, such as reading, taking a hot bath, or lighting a candle.
Disconnect: Our phones and devices want to grab our attention at all times, even when we’re sleeping. Disconnect by shutting down your phone, keeping it out of your bedroom, or turning on the Do Not Disturb feature.
Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness is a way to get centered and calm racing thoughts. Many apps, such as Calm, Headspace, and Buddhify, have specific mindfulness activities for sleep.
Try any (or all!) of these tips tonight, and prepare to wake up feeling well-rested and able to handle the day ahead of you.
Bethany Kriegel, LMHC, earned her master’s degree in mental health counseling from Boston College. She has experience working with adults in residential treatment settings, helping those struggling with eating disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder, among other issues.
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