5 Ways to Get Better Sleep

5 Ways to Get Better Sleep

A good night's sleep is necessary for your health and well-being. However, with everything happening today, many people struggle with falling asleep and staying asleep (myself included). Poor sleep can affect everything from our mood to productivity and even our long-term health. If you want to improve your sleep quality, here are five effective strategies to help you catch those much-needed Z's.

  1. Stick With a Schedule

Establish and maintain a consistent sleep schedule to improve your sleep. Our bodies have a circadian rhythm, which regulates our sleep and wake cycle. If you go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, you can regulate your body’s internal clock. This also means you can’t sleep in on weekends, which is where I fail. 

Tips for a Consistent Sleep Schedule:

  • Set a Bedtime: Choose a bedtime that allows you to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep. Stick to this bedtime as closely as possible.
  • Morning Routine: Wake up at the same time every morning and try not to hit the snooze button. Also, try to avoid sleeping in on weekends! So hard, I know! 
  • Gradual Adjustments: If you need to adjust your sleep schedule, gradually shift your bedtime or wake-up time by 15-30 minutes daily.
  1. Create a Blissful Sleep Environment

Create a comfortable and relaxing bedroom to help you fall asleep faster and longer.

Key Elements of a Sleep-Friendly Environment:

  • Comfortable Mattress and Pillows: Invest in a good quality mattress that supports your sleeping posture and comfort.
  • Cool Temperature: Keep your bedroom cool, ideally between 60-67°F (15-19°C). Research shows you may fall asleep more quickly if your room is cooler. As a Floridian, I have my A/C and a fan running, but some days, it’s a toss-up between being cool and my energy bill! 
  • Reduce Noise: Soft, calming sounds can also promote relaxation. If you live in the city or your neighbors are loud, purchase earplugs or a white noise machine. 
  • Darkness: Make your room as dark as possible using blackout curtains. 
  1. Limit Screen Exposure 

Blue light from your cell phone or television can interfere with your body's ability to produce melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep. Try to limit your screen time before bed to help you fall asleep more easily. This can be difficult because I know I love watching TikTok or Netflix before bed. 

Strategies to Reduce Screen Time:

  • Set a Screen Curfew: Aim to turn off all electronic devices at least one hour before bedtime. Use this time to wind down with relaxing activities like reading or journaling.
  • Blue Light Filters: If you must use devices in the evening, use blue light filters or apps that reduce blue light exposure.
  • Self Care: Engage in activities that promote relaxation, such as reading a book, taking a warm bath, or talking to a friend. 
  1. Watch What You Eat and Drink

What you eat may also impact your sleep. I’m sure you’ve experienced a stomach or heartburn after eating a heavy, fatty meal before bed.  

Dietary Tips for Better Sleep:

  • Avoid Caffeine and Nicotine: Both substances are stimulants that can interfere with your sleep. If you need an afternoon pick-me-up, try a Delta 10 vape or Sativa THC gummy
  • Alcohol: Alcohol may make you feel drowsy, but it can disrupt your sleep cycle and reduce the quality of your sleep. Limit your daily alcohol to one drink or try THC gummies; they give you a similar effect without the calories or hangover. 
  • Light Evening Meals: Eat a light evening meal and avoid heavy, rich foods within a few hours of bedtime. These can cause discomfort and indigestion.
  • Healthy Snacks: If you're hungry before bed, choose a light, healthy snack like a banana, yogurt, or a small bowl of oatmeal.
  1. Manage Stress and Anxiety

All that tossing and turning could be stress and anxiety. Finding ways throughout your day to manage and reduce stress is essential.  By reducing your stress, you will improve your ability to fall asleep and enjoy longer-lasting sleep.

Stress-Reduction Techniques:

  • Relaxation Exercises: Before bed, practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or practicing gratitude. 
  • Meditation: Engage in meditation to calm your mind and reduce anxiety. Apps like Headspace or Calm can provide guided sessions.
  • Journaling: Write your thoughts and worries before bed to help clear your mind and reduce nighttime rumination.
  • Physical Activity: Regular activity can reduce stress and improve sleep. I sleep better when I work out for at least 30 minutes daily, sometimes consisting of a walk after dinner or a few extra laps at the grocery store. 
  • Sleep Formulated CBD or THC Gummies: For some people, natural supplements like CBD or THC gummies can promote relaxation and improve sleep quality. CBD is known for its calming effects and can help reduce anxiety and cause drowsiness. THC, in small doses, can also aid sleep by helping you relax and sleep through the night.  


These strategies can help you create a sleep-friendly environment and routine that promotes better sleep. Some of these habits may be easier for you to incorporate than others. That’s OK! Start with the ones that are easy for you and gradually incorporate more as you see improvements in your sleep quality. Remember, as with anything, it will take time and consistency. Better sleep is within your reach, and with it comes improved health, mood, and overall well-being.

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