3. Relax the Body & Mind
Meditation and breathing exercises are a wonderful way to get your body and mind ready for bed.
Close your eyes, feel your breath, and become in tune with each part of your body. Start from your toes and work your way up. Relax your ankles, your legs, your arms. Forget outside stresses for the time being. Toss tomorrow’s to-do list aside and be present in that moment. Give your body and mind permission to rest.
4. Use a Sound Machine
Sound machines are super helpful, especially if you live in a noisy apartment building or vibrant city that never sleeps.
Startling and sudden sounds, such as a car horn or a door slamming, can interrupt your sleep, especially when you have yet to enter deep sleep. Having a constant, relaxing sound can mitigate these disturbances. The soothing sound will act as a buffer from unwanted noises which means a better night’s sleep.
5. Knowledge is Power: Track Your Sleep Stages
Take advantage of modern technology and track your sleep stages. One popular way to do this is through your Fitbit.
How does the device even know you’re sleeping? Well, you’ll be physically at rest! Your lack of movement and lowered heart rate lets the device know that it’s your bedtime.
Your Fitbit will track light sleep, deep sleep, and REM sleep. It will show you what percentage of your total sleep time was spent in each stage. It will also compare your results to others who are of the same sex and age group. Incredibly useful and personalized information is right at your fingertips.
We hope you learned something from this article and wish you healthy, deep sleep!