I spend a lot of my life on the road, so the temptation to keep crazy hours and get lazy about creating healthy sleep is always there. I have found that controlling my sleep habits has helped me enjoy normalcy in my otherwise hectic life. While many things, such as our schedules or our work and family responsibilities, are out of our control when it comes to how many hours of sleep we can get and when, there are some little adjustments that can help us be in charge when it comes to getting some Z's. Here are my best tips for sleeping anywhere and loving it!
Wake Up at a Consistent Time
No matter how hectic the night before was, try to wake up at the same time every day - even if that means you'll need a nap later. Keeping a consistent wake time allows my body to stay in sync. I set my alarm for the same time every day and spring into my yoga routine, even when the temptation to hit the snooze button and lounge is very strong.
Use a Sleep Mask
My travel schedule means I sleep in a lot of hotels all around the country (and sometimes world!). This means I have very little control over what will be outside my window, including the bright lights from a skyline or a blinking street light. I also can't control if a hotel room will have heavy curtains that actually shield my room from the light. A sleep mask gives me the ability to sleep in darkness regardless of what is happening outside my window.
Don't underestimate the power of dabbing a little lavender on your pillow. This is my go-to potion when I want the sensation of falling asleep in a peaceful field even if my mind is going a thousand miles a minute. Studies show that essential oils can actually combat insomnia.
It may sound silly, but it's hard to drift to sleep if you feel a chill. Keep a pair of warm socks by your bed and cover your toes so you can get a good night of rest without your body waking up because it detects a chill when the sheets slide off your body.
Keep Your Pet Off of the Bed
Everybody already knows about how much I love my dog, Eden. However, I have learned that I have to keep him in his own doggie bed if I want to get a good night's rest. Our pets often make movements in the night that can stir us awake multiple times and destroy our REM cycle.
Use a Separate Set of Sheets
Ever since getting married, I have learned that having someone toss and turn in your bed can really ruin your sleep. The solution? Make your bed using two set of sheets so that you and your partner don't fight over sheets in your sleep and inadvertently wake each other up.