Updated: Mar 16, 2019
This super cute puppy is super relatable.
We all wake up drowsy, but the worst feeling in the world is when that drowsiness just doesn't go away. You go about your day in a fog, you're irritable, you're irrational, and you just feel completely helpless to stop it. This gets especially bad during the winter for us Midwestern folks because we lose the sun as a major natural source of vitamin D! The good news is that there are so many sleep hygiene practices that you can do to help yourself feel more rested throughout the day (year round)!
1. OPTIMIZE YOUR ENVIRONMENT
We are all unique and nothing proves that like our bedtime preferences. Some of us like a firm mattress, some of us prefer the heat all the way up, and some of us even sleep with socks on! BUT, when it comes to being well-rested, there's a bit of a standard for ideal sleeping conditions:
Keep the room cooler (60-67 degrees Fahrenheit)
Eliminate as much light and noise as possible
Ensure your mattress is comfortable for you, but also supportive.
Check your mattress' life expectancy (~9 to 10 years)
Keep your pillow cases and sheets clean and free of potential allergens
2. STAY ACTIVE DURING THE DAY
The best thing that you can do for your body is get in enough activity (at least 60 minutes each day)! Exercise gives you an energy boost to last you through your day and helps tire you out at the end of it.
3. REALLY RELAX BEFORE BED