I am a big fan of YouTube and Podcasts. This is basically what keeps me entertained on my commute to and from work, during my lunches, while I am cooking breakfast, brushing my teeth, waiting for an airplane, on airplanes. I think you get the point. Lately a few of my favorite podcasters and YouTubers have interviewed Arianna Huffington about her latest book on sleep, Sleep Revolution.
Huffington is the namesake of The Huffington Post, an online news source. She famously discovered meditation and the importance of sleep after passing out from exhaustion and shattering her jaw on the way down. After a lot of research she is now pioneering the movement towards a culture that respects sleep, acknowledges the need for it, and encourages it.
I feel like 2016 is the year for self-care so the world is ready to hear what Huffington has to say. During her YouTube interview with Marie Forleo she gave her three tips for making sleep a priority. Find the full interview HERE!
1. Turn Off Screens in Bed
Including reading physical books not Ereaders.
2. Give the Closing Scene of the Day to what you are Grateful for.
Don't worry about what will happen the next day focus on what was great today!
3. Have a Sleep Kit Ready
Comfortable eye mask, Noise Cancelling Headphones, Lavender Spray, Soothing Teas like Chamomile, Meditations that aren't on your phone
Now I do not have any problem falling asleep, I could sleep anywhere. I have gotten a bruise for sleeping with my arm in such an unnatural position. I have no idea what happens after 10pm at a slumber party and I have legitimately fallen asleep at a bar. This said, I am always looking for ways to improve the quality of my sleep as I hear we sleep a third of our lives. As a person who sleeps easily and does prioritize sleep, these are my tips for those who don't. A few of them, you will find, align well with Huffington.
1. Invest in a good mattress and the rest of your sleep space.
With the amount of time you spend in bed, it's a good idea to make sure your body is properly taken care of during that time and let's face it, mattresses are ALWAYS on sale, so you have no excuse!
2. Essential oils diffuser.
I personally like lavender oil, I find it calming and the gentle hum of the diffuser is really relaxing.
3. Keep your gratitude journal by your bed and use it when you need it.
You can use it to jot down what you are grateful for and write down what you plan on doing the next day, only if it will help relax you, not if it will add extra stress. I find it helpful to know when I need to wake up to do my work out, meditate, make breakfast and get ready. I literally just plan out the first 2 hours of my day and that's it.
What do you do to help prioritize sleep? Let us know in the comments below.