If you sometimes struggle with sleep, know that you are not alone. I do too!
For the past decade, I made it my mission to sleep better. While there are some crazy solutions you can try, for me, it’s the basics that work best. With anything you try for sleep, YMMV (your mileage may vary). Try it out, and if it works, great. If not, try something else.
One Ring To Rule Them All
“If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” –Peter Drucker. If you feel like you slept well, you probably did. An objective measure, however, can be very helpful. I know of people who say things like, “I can have a cup of coffee right before bed and sleep great.” Then, they find out, when tracking their sleep, it has a dramatic impact. For more than three years, I have used the Oura Ring to track my sleep. It rocks! See my review.
Most Promising New Sleep Device
Dreem 2 is a sleep tracker that looks very promising. If you want the latest and greatest, this is it.
At night I use the Hue Lights app to set my Hue Smart Bulbs to red. This setting means there is no blue light being emitted. Think back to how easy it was to fall asleep the last time you went camping.
This app lets you adjust the colors on your laptop. I set Iris to Health during the day (removes some blue light) to Sleep (no blue light) at night.
iPhone Screen Management
I keep my iPhone on Night Shift all the time (blocks some blue light). When you first use it, it looks strange. It won’t take long before you don’t notice it. At night, I turn my screen completely red using this tip.
Mini Amber Flashlight
Your bedroom should be pitch black. Still, you’re going to need some light when getting up in the middle of the night. My favorite is this flashlight. Get two, one for home and one for travel (very compact).
Most nights, especially when traveling, I sleep with earplugs. After all, less noise translates to more sleep. Mack’s Pillow Soft Earplugs are the best I’ve found.
Sleep masks are a very personal thing. You may have to try several before finding one that works for you. Do that, and it’s a game-changer (especially away from home). The one that I like is the Manta Sleep Mask. It blocks out almost all light and is very comfortable.
Almost Magical Nap App
Meditation Made Easy
I have tried an embarrassing number of meditation apps, but I always return to the world’s most popular Headspace. There is nothing more crucial to getting good sleep than stress management. Meditating will allow you to alleviate your stress. The best time to meditate is after you’re done with the workday. Studies show that as little as 10 minutes per day can make a difference.
I would love to hear from you! What works for you? What doesn’t work? What should you add to your list?