Morning routine? Check. Daily movement? Check. Nutritious meals? Check. So why are you still tossing and turning every night when it’s time to wind down? Naturally, your first instinct might be to reach for your bedside bottle of melatonin. But, what if there was a better way to fall asleep without it?
Melatonin is a hormone that is naturally produced in the body that helps to regulate sleep-wake cycles. While melatonin is generally considered safe and well-tolerated, it is also known to become habit-forming and even cause nightmares in many women. Doesn’t sound very restful to us.
Getting a good night's sleep is absolutely crucial for your overall well-being. Adequate sleep is necessary for physical and mental rejuvenation, it allows the body to repair and restore itself, and it also plays a critical role in maintaining cognitive and emotional functioning. Research has shown that people who get enough sleep tend to have better memory recall, improved problem-solving skills, and increased creativity.
Whether you’re working hard for your next promotion, have an upcoming race, or a big family obligation around the corner, it is essential to make sleep a priority and to establish a consistent sleep schedule to ensure that you are getting the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
Here are some of our suggestions for a better bedtime routine:
Set a consistent bedtime: Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. And while it may be tempting to stay up binging your new favorite Netflix show, an early bedtime can revitalize our motivation and productivity.
Avoid screens for at least an hour before bed: The blue light emitted from electronic devices can suppress your natural melatonin production and make it harder to fall asleep.
Establish a relaxing pre-sleep routine: This can include activities such as reading, taking a warm bath, or practicing deep breathing exercises.
Keep your bed for sleeping: Our brains tend to make assumptions and attach objects to experiences. So, if you spend part of your day working from your bed, your brain will just think that the bed is your makeshift office, not your place of rest, making it even harder to fall asleep at night.
Avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol close to bedtime: These substances can interfere with sleep.
Usher in the calm: Try to avoid stimulating activities and thoughts before bed, for example, don't check your emails or social media. Yes, TikTok will be there in the morning.
After a couple of night’s trying our suggestions and you could still use a bit of support winding down at night, we recommend looking for a plant powered partner like CBD.
CBD works with your endocannabinoid system to help balance your body's natural systems so that you get the rest that you need without the effects of synthetic over-the-counter sleep aids. Social CBD can help you feel well rested with gentle formulas of non-intoxicating, non-habit forming CBD combined with other plant-based actives. Our gentle, all-natural sleep solutions are something that you can feel good about putting in your body to get the rest you deserve.