There’s nothing worse than tossing and turning through the night. Or finally dozing off…right before your alarm. Sleep affects so many areas of our lives—something you probably know already if you have trouble going to bed at night. We’re sharing our top tips to ensure a rise and shine kind of morning.
Play ambient noise
It may seem counterintuitive, but playing an ambient noise can help you tune out other potentially distracting sounds like barking dogs, loud neighbors, or thunderstorms. If you keep your Sol in your bedroom, simply ask Alexa to play nature sounds, and you can snooze to the sounds of the Amazon. Or flip on a fan—which would also help with tip number three on our list.
Pick the right light
Light regulates your sleep and wake cycle. When exposed to bright lights, your eyes send a signal to your body’s “master clock” that suppresses melatonin, the hormone that makes you sleepy. Exposure to blue light—the kind emitted from your smartphone—is especially harmful to your sleep habits, so experts suggest saving tech for another time.
Ideally, your bulb would be on the same schedule as you are: that’s why we suggest the versatile C-Sleep™. These bulbs have three settings that support your sleep/wake cycle: Calm, Vibrant, and Active. Calm helps you wind down before you call it a night, whereas the brilliance of Vibrant helps you wake up on the right side of the bed. And in between, Active is the optimal soft white for perfectly lighting your whole day.
The same “master clock” mentioned above also regulates your body temperature, which is naturally lowered by one or two degrees as it gets closer to nighttime. That’s why you should sleep in a colder room as opposed to a hotter one: cool air will reinforce this behavior, and you’ll be able to better drift off to dreamland. Plus, it’s the perfect excuse to cuddle up with your coziest blankets.
Smell your way to sleep
Don’t underestimate your nose! You might not associate smell with slumber, but essential oils like lavender or peppermint can help you calm down, an important aspect of logging your best night of sleep. Whether you leave a diffuser on your nightstand or stick a sachet in your pillowcase, this is a quick and easy fix that just might help you nod off more easily.
Now the real question is: did you make it through this entire article without yawning? Sounds like it’s time for a nap!