How to Get More Sleep








Dress (worn as a top here): H&M similar | Vest: Trouve similar | Skirt: H&M | Hat: Forever 21 similar | Shades: Ray Ban | Bag: Chanel similar | Gloves: Forever New similar here and here | Boots: similar 

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We all know how important sleep is for us. It helps our body heal, aids with digestion, and keeps us looking youthful, to name a few. The problem is, life always feels so busy, so it's really easy to put sleep at the bottom of the priority list. 

One of my New Years Resolutions (see full post here) is to sleep more. Now I'll be honest with you, I haven't been very good with keep up this with resolution because I always find that I prioritize and value sleep less than everything else I have to get done on any given day. But is putting my health last really a good long term habit to have? Probably not! So, I'm creating a list of things I can do each day to ensure I get more sleep. I hope these can help you too if you're finding that you're not sleeping enough overall and needs some help making it a priority in your life! 

1. Be realistic with your daily goals. If you're a planner or list maker like I am, make sure you're not creating a list that is impossible to achieve in one day. Spread things out over the week and weekend so you don't create pressure on yourself to get it all done in one night! 

2. Accept that there are only 24 hours in day. I always find myself stating aloud "I wish there we're more hours in the day". Well the cold reality is there isn't, and no matter how hard I wish for that to change, it won't. I need to accept that there is only so much that can get done in a 24 hour period and be okay with it! The saying "Rome wasn't built in a day" exists for a reason, so apply it to your own life and except that time creates limitations. 

3. Have a wind down period. I don't know about you, but at the end of the day, I need 30 minutes to an hour of doing something completed unrelated to any of the work I do.  I usually watch a bit of Netflix or some online window shopping. If it's been a really busy day and I don't have time for that, a nice warm shower really helps me relax and get ready for bed.

4. Set a time each day to start getting ready for bed. If you know it takes your 30 minutes to complete your night-time routine, shut it all down at a certain time every night to ensure you're in bed at a reasonable hour. 

5. No screen time before bed. I'm a nurse, I should know better but I am so guilty of having electronics like my phone or iPad on and used right until I fall asleep. It's proven to decrease your REM sleep, which is the deep sleep that allows you to really rest, heal and recuperate! My goal is to starting reading actual books (not an E-book because those are still screens!) or magazines before bed to help wind down, or spend some time talking to the hubby! 

I know I will be working hard over the next year to make these goals happen because ultimately without my health, all the success in the world won't matter. So take care of yourself, accept time restraints and get some sleep! 




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58 comments

  1. Oh my gosh! I get up at 5am every morning for work in need so much more sleep! Point 3,4 & 5 are 3 big ones for me, I have alarms set so I turn off the TV and start winding down at a good time each night. Great post!

    Ellie
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  2. Your photos are always so high quality, and I absolutely love the outfit! I completely agree with all these points, especially about having 30 mins a night before you sleep to put away all devices and give your eyes a rest; it works wonders but is so hard to do!

    xx
    Imogen | www.faux-silk.com

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  3. Very good advices dear!!!Good rest at night is very important, usually on the second day face looks much better for photos ;-) You look wonderful in this outfit dear, I love your vest :-)

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  4. You look pretty,it's true if we think of something we can achieve it too. Tho with my little one growing up my sleep is going to get less slowly.
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  5. Wonderful selection!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase

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  6. I couldn't agree more with all these tips and I perfectly know that but I rarely follow them... Thanks for the tip! You look gorgeous!

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  7. OMG!!Stunning as always babe!
    I love your style and all your posts,
    Emma
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  8. I fell in love with your style! ♥ Really nice professional blog!

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  9. Sleep really is important. I am realizing it more and more with a newborn at home, ha. Loving this look on you!

    Amy Ann
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  10. Great tips, thanks for sharing. Your outfit is gorgeous btw!
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  11. You look amazing!
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  12. beautiful and very stylish set :)

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  13. I have to accept that there are only 24 hours in a day!
    Great tips and amazing look Rina!
    Kisses, Paola.
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  14. Oh I'm so guilty of #5! I'm going to have to change that. Lovely outfit and the Chanel tote is perfection.

    Deedee

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  15. I use my phone all time and, of course, before feel sleep... I feel guilty sometimes!
    And your outfit...it's so perfect!
    xx

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  16. No screen time before bed was such a saviour to my night time routine. It's hard not to play on my phone/laptop before bed but so worth it the next day when I feel fresh and ready for the day! Haha xx

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  17. I need to work on getting more sleep too. Definitely going to try your tips!

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  18. I am in love with your outift! I always have a hard time putting my phone down before bed!

    Briana
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    1. Thank you Briana! I know babe. For me it's the iPad! Need to be better with that!

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  19. SO agree with all of these even though I never follow them! I'm trying to cut back on screen time before bed!

    Chelsea
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  20. thanks for all advice,
    all is true.

    also, I love you outfit <3

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  21. Amazing look!!! <3

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  22. I just stumbled upon your blog and I am loving it! ♥

    I really value my sleep and normally try to go to bed at a reasonable hour, although cannot put the phone away and sometimes it takes me hours to fully switch off my mind. Work in progress as you mentioned...

    Love the outfit too, the layering, the mix of textures and all the accessories!
    Have a great week,
    Xx

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  23. Great advice. I like sleeping but I have a really hard time getting myself to sleep. I'm working on no screen time before bed and this is the hardest one for me, I'm always on my phone when I get to bed. I can easily waste another 30 min before falling asleep if not more. I need to follow your advice and start reading actual books before bed.
    btw great outfit. I love your vest.
    Have a good week :)
    xo
    Sauniya | Find Your Bliss ♡

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  24. Omggg I totally need more sleep haha. Thanks for sharing your tips girl! xo, sharon

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  25. Love this look hun! And those gloves are everything!!

    XOXO, Aliya
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  26. Loving this look and the no screen time is so hard for me . . . I try and always fail lol

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  27. Great tips babe! I really do need to accept the fact that there are only so many hours in the day. I always try to fit way too much in.
    As for the outfit, you look so amazing! I have that chanel bag too and its one of my favorites!

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  28. Good luck with this goal babe! I think it really is so important and know you will find balance in your life!

    xx, Amy
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  29. It's such a simple thing isn't it! Sleep. But so damn necessary! Thank you so much for sharing your tips. You're right about no screen time, I know I should do that but I don't. It's the perfect excuse to get some reading in before hitting the hay though! Good point about setting a time to get ready too. It takes me a while to put my eye cream, floss etc and sometimes I want to rush it just so I can get to bed! I hope you have a more restful week this week with only five days working rather than six :) xxx

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  30. I usually can't get enough of your looks.You are such a great stylist and the tips make perfect sense.
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  31. I definitely needed to read this. I’m always wishing for more hours too & hardly ever get any sleep. Thanks for sharing these tips. I’ll have to put my phone far away from my bed tonight! Love the outfit too!

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  32. The wind down period is the most useful step I think. Making a routine of it, helps me for sure. Otherwise I am just too switched on to stop thinking and drift off.
    xx Jenelle
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  33. What an amazing look Rina! The layering is just brilliant, and I love the neutral tones and mix of textures here so much! Your points on getting more and better sleep are great and can't agree more! I try to stick too with a doable list of tasks in my daily routine, and keep away from screens before bedtime. Thank you so much for sharing one more amazing look and great tips!
    Happy Monday and stay motivated!
    xoxo
    Stella
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  34. Love your outfit and boots. Great tips as well.

    Bernie, xx
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  35. Bellissimo questo look!
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    Kiss

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  36. I really love your outfit and boots. You're so beautiful.

    Manon -
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  37. Love this look :) Your tips on a constant night time routine is important! Fail to prepare, prepare to fail!

    xo, Yasmin
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  38. I could definitely become more realistic with my goals. Hahah I write down everything I need to do in my life and believe that I can pull it off in one day. Madness I know! But thank you for the reminder love, I gotta be more realistic and definitely be more specific with my sleep! Xx

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  39. These are really good tips, I definitely need to get more sleep too. We have such busy lives and need to focus more on relazing anyways. I love your outfit, everything goes together so beautifully!

    Francesca
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  40. Great tips, I need to get more sleep!
    Your look is amazing, very classy!
    Kisses
    Paola ♡
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  41. Unplugging from social media at least 2hours before bed has really helped me! Great tips girl! and OH MY GOSH, I didn't know you're a nurse, I'm an ICU nurse!

    xoxo,
    Stacie

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  42. These tips are so helpful! Getting more sleep is also one of my New Years Resolutions!

    Bella x
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  43. Love your outfit and these are great tips! It's definitely very important to get more and better sleep. Love the neutral tones. x

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  44. Love this outfit, especially the vest! And great post. Last year I started a job with a really early start time and started going to bed early too. I agree with your tips, it's good to set a specific bed time.
    xx

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  45. This is so true. I also take sleep for granted. I'm working on prioritizing better so I can get a good nights rest. Thanks for sharing these tips lovely! They're so helpful.

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  46. It is true that if I had a good sleep over night, I feel even more ready for the next day. If it's not the case, I am really useless. I cannot think straight let along creatively, I don't have the drive and I am longing for the day to finish! The challenge is the screen time because I am really hooked to watching few episodes of my fav shows before bed time... will work on that! Great post. xoxo Sharka
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  47. Love the info! The no screen time is the hardest one for me. #trying Thanks for sharing!
    xx - Kristy
    www.naturallyclassique.com

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  48. I have problems with the "no screen" one too, but I am getting better, baby steps :)
    Great outfit btw!

    xo D from TSD
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  49. I have been having the hardest time with my sleep schedule lately so the timing of this post is perfect! I know I'm not supposed to use screened devices before bed but I always inevitably do it. It really is just the worst thing you can do!

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  50. Thanks for all these tips! Getting more sleep (or at least looking after my health) was one of my resolutions too, and I have been neglecting it so far!
    I'm definitely going to follow these tips - especially turning off my phone/ iPad sooner and reading a 'real' paper book!
    Love your outfit too!
    Julia x
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  51. Really good tips. Unfortunately it's hard for me to accept, that day have only 24 hours. Sleeping is for me a little bit a waste of time, because you can do something better during these 8 or 7 hours.

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  52. These are really good tips hun, I didnt know you were a nurse, that is so awesome! :) xx

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  53. Super nice total look really chic
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