10 Hacks to Help You Get Better Sleep

Your complete guide to getting the best sleep ever, so you can wake up feeling energetic and refreshed — every day.


Be Cool

The ideal temperature varies for each person, but typically, cooler temperatures help you sleep better. For a good night’s sleep, set your Nest to between 65 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

When my hubby and I first moved into our new place, we set the thermostat to my standard 75 degrees for bedtime. But I found myself waking up in the middle of the night feeling stuffy and warm. After toying with the vents to make sure I was getting enough airflow in my room and getting fan to circulate the air, I found our ideal zone. There is no gold standard, so play around with different temps and find what works best for you.

10 Hacks to Help You Get Better Sleep

Scent-sational Sleep

I love fresh flowers. I’ll admit, I tend to go all out, putting fresh flowers in the living room, kitchen, dining room, and most recently, the bedroom. Who doesn’t love bringing a little life indoors? I’ve found that placing a bouquet of fragrant flowers on my nightstand puts me in a better mood before bedtime. Plus, I love being greeted with a bright, cheery bouquet when I open my eyes in the morning. Talk about starting your day right! (Just make sure the blooms are kitty-safe, as some flowers are poisonous to pets.)

Speaking of flowers, lavender and chamomile have both been shown to promote a better night’s sleep. In fact, studies have shown that those who sniffed lavender or chamomile before bed slept deeper and felt more vigorous in the morning. They also decrease heart rate and blood pressure, helping you feel more relaxed. In addition to beautifying your room, a vase of fresh lavender (which is safe for your pets, too) or an essential oil diffuser with lavender and chamomile essential oil will put you in the right mood for bedtime.

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 63 Comments

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    Geneva Walton

    Eating a lot will give you a better sleep. But when you wake up you will feel terrible. For best sleep experience, Quit your job so that you can sleep for how long you want without worrying about going to work tomorrow.

  3. Avatar of Blanche Martina

    Blanche Martina

    Such helpful article! Really knowledgeable. I shared this article with my Mom cause she needs this after all the stress!

  4. Avatar of Arlen Given

    Arlen Given

    I tried this! I seriously got 9 hours of sleep which was the best sleep I ever had in years. THANK YOU HILARY

  5. Avatar of Brett Lee

    Brett Lee

    Before going to bed, my wife has this habit of spraying our room with some air freshener. I could suggest she tries to get some lavender scent, maybe using a diffuser.

    • Avatar of Hilary Rowland

      Just make sure that you use real essential oils in a diffuser, or an air freshener that is made using real essential oils and no chemicals. A lot of chemical scents are toxic and could make sleeping harder.

  6. Avatar of Alena Martin

    It’s true that having fresh flowers can help you relax. It gives you some sense of calmness whenever you look at them!

  7. Avatar of Nataliya Smith

    Nataliya Smith

    Comfy pillows! I want to get for myself since I love having many pillows in my bed. I can’t sleep if it was less than four 🙁

  8. Avatar of Jurik Smith

    Jurik Smith

    I can’t do the electronic-free bedroom. Well, I will have at least a TV in my room.

  9. Avatar of Juli Woods

    Juli Woods

    I never thought about trying Cherry Juice! Might get one from the market later!

  10. Avatar of Josephine Murphy

    I don’t think I can do this on a Sunday night ‘coz I might end up getting late for Monday because of having too much of good sleep! Haha

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