GLOW UP WEEKLY 09: HOW TO GET MORE SLEEP (IT’S HARDDDD)

heyooo friends and welcome or welcome back to the blog!! happy friday πŸ™‚ today I’m continuing the glow up weekly series and this week it’s all about sleep. if you’ve ever wondered how much sleep you *really* need, why, and how to actually get that much sleep, this is the post for you <33 keep on reading and let me know what you think in the comments below.


so first… how much sleep do you actually need??

  • teenagers need 8-10 hours
  • adults 7-9 hours

you’re probably rolling your eyes right now and thinking “sis, I can’t sleep 8 or 9 hours! nobody has time for that!”. girl, i got you. it’s a struggle let me tell you! but you actually do need sleep and your body will function so much better with it. it’s hard but it is so worth it i promise ❀

some (pretty amazing) benefits of getting enough sleep

we’ve all heard it tons of times but sleep really does have amazing benefits!

  • your brain will be sharper (get that gpa girl)
  • your mood will be way better!!
  • obv it gives you energy – sooo important if you work out/play sports! you’ll perform way better
  • steadier blood sugar
  • helps you fight sickness/germs
  • it actually improves your memory
  • sleep can also increase your productivity!

so how do i actually get more sleep?

it’s can be hard to actually get more sleep, even if you have the best intentions! i’m going to share a couple of my favorite tips for actually getting more sleep at night.

  1. stay off devices for an hour before you go to bed – this is honestly so hard and i am not perfect at this! however I did set up screen time limits so I can’t go on social media (pinterest, instagram, etc.) past 8:30 pm. I know that’s super early but it really helps me because it makes it easier for me to focus on my bedtime routine instead of getting distracted.
  2. if you do go on devices close to bedtime, wear blue light glasses – this sounds so silly but basically blue light glasses filter out the blue light in screens (which mess with your body’s sleep cycle and make it harder for you to fall asleep)
  3. try to go to bed and wake up at similar times each day – this is hard especially on the weekends (i wake up at 6 on school days… but on the weekend, no way!) but trying to go bed and wake up around the same time each day is really good for your body. I try to go to bed from 9:30 – 10:30 each night (pretty early!) but there are definitely nights where I go to bed at 9 and nights where I go to bed at 11
  4. don’t leave assignments/studying for the last minute – I am a PRO at procrastinating but staying up late to finish an assignment or study for a test is not good at all for your sleep! try to manage your time so it doesn’t come to the day before the assignment is due and you still haven’t started.
  5. set and follow a night time routine – in my opinion, this is the most important thing you can do to sleep better! on a typical night, I take a shower, get ready for the next day (lay out clothes, etc), make some tea (no caffeine of course!), pick up my room, and then get it bed! once i’m in bed I usually do a devotional on the bible app and then read for a while, then recently I’ve been listening to a podcast for 20-30 minutes before I fall asleep. your night routine might look totally different but it’s important that you set one for yourself! here are some ideas of things to include πŸ™‚
  • journaling
  • prayer/reading your bible
  • yoga
  • shower
  • prep for the next day
  • light a candle (i do this almost every night!)
  • skincare of course!!
  • read a book
  • make hot chocolate or tea
  • pick up your space
  • listen to a podcast
  • there are tons of other things obviously! just do what works for you :))

i hope you guys enjoyed this post! when do you go to bed and wake up on a normal day? what does your night routine look like? favorite podcast? let’s chat!! xo

18 thoughts on “GLOW UP WEEKLY 09: HOW TO GET MORE SLEEP (IT’S HARDDDD)

  1. Love this post Christina!! I used to have proper routine every day but with the lockdown now I just have a rough timescale! Just checked and luckily I still get my 8 hour sleep πŸ˜… great post girly!!! πŸ’•

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I should be asleep right now but if it means I got to read this post is it really such a bad thing? You’ve helped me in the long run! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜„ I also love the ideas you gave for a night routine because I’ve wanted to create one of those for so long, lockdown has truly messed up what I had going on. My fav podcast is Sleep Cove, it’s sooo good but because it works well I’ll fall asleep and wake up heavy headed, I need to rethink that πŸ˜‚. Brilliant post, it was informative and engaging! βœ¨πŸ’•

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I’ve been trying to fix my sleep for years but I never get anywhere with it. I have health problems that really mess with my sleep and insomnia so it can be really difficult to have a good night’s sleep. I try to meditate with the Calm app before bed and that helps sometimes.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. I have a great night routine, but it’s so hard to keep at it consistently! Shoutout to two days ago when I went to sleep after three, lol. BUT I’m revamping my daily habits and routine to get back on a regular schedule and I love to spend my night routine journaling 😁 Great post, Christina!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. It’s so hard to do all the things you’re “not suppose” to do before bed! Like, not looking at your phone, esp when you forget to write something down on your to-do list or to check something. I know there’s “dark” features now on certain devices but man, it just makes me not want to look at the screen anymore (maybe that’s the point lol)!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s