Get the Best Sleep of Your Life!

Often in this crazy, business-driven world of instant gratification, you’ll hear some very strange things. One of the most notorious phrases would be that ever-so familiar battle cry, “Sleep is for the weak”. Now, I believe in hard work to get the job done, but sacrificing R&R is more detrimental than it is helpful, especially in the long run. Fortunately, despite what some might say, everyone can afford to get an incredible night of sleep—it is totally fre, and, with a little bit of re-adjustment, easy to do.

How to Get the Best Sleep of Your Life

Kandja Sylla PWB

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1. Don’t eat right before bed-

Many nutritionists recommend not eating at least 3 hours before bed. Late night snacking causes your blood sugar levels to climb, and then subsequently fall rapidly. Spending energy digesting and processing your food overnight won’t leave you feeling rested and refreshed in the morning. You don’t only pay more for your late night snacks physically (by not using the energy throughout the day), you’re also losing out on beauty rest. Eat your cookies in the am instead!

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2. Reach for a book

Reading instead of watching TV or using the iPad before bed is proven to lead to more restful sleep. Reading in itself is a stimulating activity. For one thing, reading requires a lot of eye movement as you take in every written line. This, along with the necessity of using the brain to interpret, imagine and recall what you read will eventually tire you out, leading to sleep. TV and iPads on the other hand release blue light, which impairs the production of melatonin (a sleep hormone) for at least an hour. You also don’t use as much brain power watching Gossip Girl reruns.

3. Set an alarm-

Too much of any good thing is bad. Well, that also applies to sleep. Getting upwards of 10 hours of sleep might sound like a VERY good thing. However, too much sleep actually slows down your metabolism, causing your energy levels to be lower than usual. This is the same effect as sleeping too little. Set an alarm in the morning so you don’t “overdo it”. *Another tip: place your alarm clock somewhere you can’t reach from bed. Then hopefully you won’t be as tempted to hit the snooze button… repeatedly.

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4. Go to bed 30 minutes before bedtime

Before the clock strikes your preferred hour of rest, get comfortable half an hour early. Take a warm shower, put on your PJs, and start preparing yourself mentally for dreamland. Consider it a form of meditation. It will also save you the agony of having to force yourself to sleep or counting sheep. Who counts sheep anyhow??

5. Don’t consume caffeine

Consuming caffeine affects your blood sugar levels. Chocolate, coffee and other caffeine-laced food and beverages will definitely keep you awake if consumed too close to bedtime. Cut out the processed and caffeinated foods around 1pm. And if you really need that cup o something, have you tried warmed almond milk with a dash of cinnamon?

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6. Be strict with your family’s bedtime-

If you’re single and living la vida loca, then it’s slightly easier to get into a sleep routine than it is if say- you have 3 kids and two dogs. Moms deserve great sleep too! Having your kids in bed by a certain time so you can get a reasonable amount of rest as well is half the battle. The other half is getting yourself in bed afterwards, and not doing three loads of laundry instead…

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  • Such cute shots of you!

    xo, Jennifer
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  • First of all you look gorgeous in PJ’s. I have had problems with falling a sleep due to the Ipad use. My fiancee keeps telling me to get a book and turn of all the gadgets as the light keeps you up. But as you mention on this post we put work before our health. I have not used my ipad for a month and I had the best sleeps. Thanks for sharing!
    Aurela xox

  • Raysa Garcia

    What an amazing post! Everything in moderation. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing these tips hottie, hottie! Xx, Raysa

  • Ari Pierce

    Definitely some valuable and great information! You look so pretty too.

  • I always place my mobile with alarm on the other side of my room, hahah, I have no idea how I would wake up otherwise! Anyways, great tips and i could definitely think more about not eating before sleeping haha! Xx

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  • This post is Perfection.x

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  • We are very strict with our bedtime because if we don’t, we’ll pay for it the next day when our little one goes into hyper active mode. LOL! I need to try reading but it’s so hard as we try to catch up on our shows when the little one sleeps.

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  • Mariann Yip

    Thanks for the tips babes! Totally think these are helpful 🙂

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  • Great tips — I actually need to stop snacking late at night because that’s a huge issue for me! Haha thank you for sharing! xo, sharon

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  • First can we talk about your balcony and the view? Amazing! I would love to live there. I am so bad and break all these rules. No wonder my energy the next day is horrible. I need to cut the snacking, especially chocolate, read instead of watch TV, and set my alarm as far away as possible. Thanks for the motivation girl!

    xx Yasmin

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  • Toyas Tales

    Good tips for getting a good night’s rest. You are so right about coffee. I can not drink a cup after 10 am or I will be up all night.
    LaToya
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  • Marie Ebelt

    Great tipps and amazing photos.
    Kisses
    Marie

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  • The Adored Life

    Totally great tips! Also, your view is INCREDIBLE!
    The Adored Life

  • Style hue

    Great advice girl ! You just reminded me of how much I love warm milk with cinnamon <3 I need to go make some. I should also reach for a book more often 🙂 I've been a little bit lazy on reading books

    Have fun on your trip 😀
    xo
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  • Reading before bed is the big one for me! It definitely slows down the mind compared to staring at your phone screen. :]

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  • Katrina Fernandez

    Thanks for sharing this best sleep tips. We definitely have the same idea 🙂 That’s what I do before to sleep. But instead of reading books, I prefer visit my social media.

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  • Wow you’re gorgeous dear! Love your tan!

    Xx,

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  • Sleep is so important! My struggle is not reading books on my phone in bed. I am trying to avoid having piles of books around but I totally want better sleep! Maybe I should pay the library a visit. 😉 Great post, Kandja!

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  • I couldn’t agree more with all the suggestions you’ve shared, all of which I try to practice myself daily! Thanks for sharing and I hope you’re having a great week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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  • Rasa Virviciute

    These are great tips, I wish I read more books and stopped eating too late haha!
    P.S. You’re stunning and so is that view!! xx

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  • Had fun reading these awesome tips! Thanks for sharing this to us love!

    Xo, Shaine
    Bad Habits

  • Awesome picture babe! And great tips! I never eat before bed but im guilty of watching tv before bed. Plus I’m a horrible sleeper, so I’ve just started going to a float spa to try and “slow down” my mind. Hopefully it lead to a better sleep 🙂

    xo, Jackie
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  • These photos are so bight and so stunning. And the pj’s look so soft and cozy. Wonderful tips!

    Amber
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  • Zia

    Marvelous view, Im trying to get a sense of where on False Creek you live so I can stalk you next time I’m home 🙂
    xx ~Zia
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  • Dear Kandja, I can’t say enough how much I adore your writing style – it is fun and helpful at the same time which I appreciate! I must say that I do follow most of the tips – well except the one with the ipad.. sometimes it is way easier for me to fall asleep while watching some vlogs instead of reading a book and diving into this world I created in my head – because I get so caught up in reading that I almost can not stop before finishing the book 😛 But it actually depends on the day, sometimes ipad makes me tired sometimes reading 🙂 what books do you read before bedtime?
    xoxo Janine
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  • sheismelrose

    Omg your gorgeous I love the tips and those pjs are hella cute

  • Great tips! Reading is definitely my favorite. Happy weekend!

    Liz

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  • You look super cute! These are really great tips… thanks for sharing them! =)

    – Cielo
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  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    SO GORGEOUS!!!!! So beautiful as always!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Much love, Len
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  • Wow, this is such a great post! I definitely agree with getting a good night’s rest. I’ve tried reading before sleeping recently and it’s definitely helped. Thanks for sharing, babe!

    Xx,
    Kyla 💖

  • Kate

    Such a great post babe ! And you are way too cute ♡

  • I am very guilty of blogging and watching tv before I go to sleep! 😐 Definitely need to take on a few of these tips! Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Jaz xoxo
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  • Thank you for the tips girl. I love your sleepwear, super cute!

    Camila,
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  • So pretty!

    Kiss,
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  • You look so wonderful in this sky blue pijamas.
    Really enjoyed your blog post xxxx
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  • Zorica

    Such an interesting post
    xx
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  • Love this post! For some reason, I always get a burst of energy around 9 pm where I want to conquer all of my work tasks and plan out my life. Ha! I will definitely try your tips!

    – Jasmine K
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  • Aditi Oberoi Malhotra

    Great tips!! I’ve noticed reading a little before sleeping helps!
    Adi xx
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