How To Improve Your Sleep: The 3 "M's" To Live By

If you’re anything like me, my sleep schedule has been ruined by the quarantine. Most nights, I find myself wide awake until about five in the morning. Most mornings, I don’t open my eyes until after one in the afternoon. Slowly but surely, I’ve been working on improving my sleeping habits. If you need some advice on getting better sleep like me, here are my top 3 practices to improve your sleep.

 

Meditation

I love to meditate. Meditation is designed to clear the mind and enhance relaxation. Meditation is great for anxiety, depression, focus, and sleep. With sleep, meditation will allow you to settle down and calm your body into peace. You can meditate lying down or sitting up. You can add peaceful noises, like the calm waves of the ocean or raindrops on a window. Guided meditation allows someone else’s voice to guide you into a peaceful slumber. The app, Headspace, is great for mediation.

 Woman Lying on White Textile With Sliced Cucumbers on Her Eyes

Melatonin

I am a big fan of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate your sleeping schedule. It enhances drowsiness and allows you to fall asleep faster. It is great for short-term usage. I didn't do any of the side-effects, but they do include daytime sleepiness, dizziness, and stomach cramps. If you have any pre-existing conditions like pregnancy or depression, it could enhance side effects. My favorite brand of melatonin is Nature Made.  Also, please note that I am not a licensed professional. 

Make a Routine

When we make a routine, our bodies adjust to what we’re doing. For instance, I eat at the same time every day, which is around 5 p.m. After dinner, I take a nice, hot bath and relax to clear my mind. I’ll keep myself busy until around ten. Then, I will journal and pray to end my night. This routine has really helped me with sleep.

 

Sleep is important, especially during a time like now. Make sure you get as much rest as possible. Remember to stay safe and indoors. Keep pushing on.