Sleep is when your entire body recharges and repairs itself, both physically and mentally. Not getting enough sleep can greatly affect your mood, health, weight, brain function, immunity, and even your sex life. Aim for 7-9 hours per night to achieve your wellness, career, and personal goals.

Here are some tips on how a busy lawyer can get a better night’s sleep.

  • Stop drinking caffeine by the early afternoon.
  • Avoid large late-night meals so your digestive system can start to rest. This is also good for weight loss.
  • Alcohol is not a sleep aid. Although it may help you fall asleep, your sleep may be restless.
  • Put away / turn off all electronic devices at least a half hour or more before bedtime. The blue light emitted from electronics disrupts sleep patterns.
  • Stick to a regular bedtime and wake time every day.
  • Have a cup of tea. There are plenty of “bedtime” teas to choose from. Boil some water and enjoy a cup of tea while you relax before bed.
  • Take a detox bath. Soak in a bath for 20 minutes using: 2 cups Epson salt, 1 cup baking soda and 8-10 drops of lavender essential oil.
  • Use lavender. It has long been known that the scent of lavender can increase deep, restful sleep. Purchase a sachet, blanket, or neck pillow that contains dried lavender. Place it in or near your bed to foster relaxation.
  • If you have trouble falling asleep, try melatonin, a calcium-magnesium supplement, and herbal teas.
  • Keep track of your sleep patterns using a smart watch or sleep journal. This will help you determine if certain activities or food assist or disrupt your sleep patterns.