Everyone’s dream: the perfect night of sleep. I’m always looking for simple things I can do to improve my quality of Zzz’s since sleep is so critical to overall health. What you keep in your environment, like your bedside table, influences your decisions and how you feel. Keep your sleep space clutter free and intentional by choosing what goes in it.
Here are 5 things to keep on your bedside table to put a better night’s sleep within arms reach.
Without it, we die. Water is a staple to human health. Make sure you’re hydrated before going to bed, and drink up first thing in the morning. Not only will you sleep better, but hydration improves skin clarity, boosts energy, and improves cognition. If a glass of water is ready and waiting for you when you wake up, it will be easier to drink up and start your day out fully hydrated.
The best way to remember your dreams? Write them down first thing when you wake up. Even if you only remember flashes, colors, or broad themes, getting it on paper can help improve your dream recall over time. Dreaming is a key part of quality sleep, so keep a dream journal handy. If you find that you can never remember anything about your dreams like I did for most of my life, talk to yourself before bed in a meditative state to instruct your subconscious to remember your dreams in the morning.
I love keeping a favorite crystal on my bedside table. Amethyst is a popular choice for keeping close while you sleep because it holds an energetic vibration of mental clarity and calmness. You might find yourself snoozing deeper and more restfully with an amethyst placed nearby. Plus, crystals look so pretty, and I find that the more beautiful my space is, the more at ease I feel. More ease = better sleep!
Whether it’s fun fiction or puzzle, keeping a book by your bedside will encourage you to relax and engage in a screen-free activity before bed. Set aside at least a few minutes (or an hour) to wind down without your phone (or work) to improve your sleep quality. Never again will you have the excuse of not having enough time to get through that reading list you’ve been building.
Using red-tinted blue-blocking glasses an hour or two before bed can promote better sleep. Whether you’re struggling to turn off the screens or using an overhead light to see your book, artificial lighting can alter your melatonin production and impair restful sleep. Keeping your blue-blockers out and in reach will make you more likely to remember to use them.