Does your sleep need improvement? Getting better sleep doesn’t necessarily mean drastically changing your lifestyle! Here are a few small routine adjustments that can positively affect your quality of sleep.

  • Drink herbal tea. There are many natural decaffeinated teas that encourage relaxation and sleep. Popular sleep-friendly teas include chamomile, jasmine, and lavender. Herbal teas generally contain no caffeine. There are many store-bought brands that sell blends of herbal tea that encourage sleep.

  • Make your bed. Most people know that a good mattress is essential to your sleep. but did you know that if you make your bed when you get up, your bedroom will feel less cluttered, making you feel more relaxed! Studies show that 19% of people who make their bed after they get up in the morning enjoy more restful sleep at night. An orderly room encourages tranquility and organization in your mind.

  • Expose yourself to natural light. Exposing yourself to natural light when you wake up in the morning energizes your body and encourages it to get into its daytime routine. Starting your day with natural energy will help you wind down when you’re ready to go to bed at night.

  • Natural Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is a great way to wind down and relax your body. It’s all-natural, and is becoming a popular way to encourage sleep. The most popular aromatherapy fragrance for rest and sleep in lavender, but you can also use other aromas that relax you. Maybe something familiar or a scent that brings back happy or relaxing memories!

  • Don’t hit the sack until you’re sacked-out. One of the most repeated pieces of sleep advice is to keep your bedroom set aside for sleep and to make sure mentally-stimulating pieces of technology like televisions and computers stay in the family room or office. However, one of the more important aspects of this advice is to stay out of bed until you’re tired. There is hardly a less-frustrating feeling than lying awake in bed, counting sheep to no avail, while you wait for what seems like eternity until you finally fall asleep. Waiting until you feel ready to go to sleep will make it not as likely for you to suffer that frustrating fate of sleeplessness, and a healthy sleep routine will help!

So before you lay your head down on your pillow at night, consider implementing a few of the routine adjustments listed above! What are some things that help you get to sleep at night? What part of your routine will you make changes to in order to encourage sleep when it’s time for bed?