I Sleep for at Least 8 Hours Every Night—Here Are My Tips

For the majority of my life, I didn’t understand how it was possible to get eight hours of sleep at night. The concept was as foreign to me as wearing socks to the beach or having dinner without dessert. You see, growing up, I didn’t sleep. My parents regularly talk about what an odd baby I was because when they put me in my crib at night, I would just stare at them before proceeding to stare around the room for hours, fighting sleep. Even in middle school, high school, and parts of college, I would gladly function on four to six hours of sleep and consider that to be my normal. Although, the strangest part about this is that at my core, I always have been and always will be a morning person. Which means going to bed at 2 a.m. will always mean a 7 a.m. wake-up (and that’s if I’m sleeping in). Eventually, my lack of sleep began to take a serious toll on my body. I couldn’t sit up all night on Netflix or Instagram anymore. I had to figure out a way to to sleep through the night.

A few years ago, I committed to doing just that. I worked hard to develop a sleep routine that worked for me and was determined to stick to a schedule. My type A personality made this simple. However, my social schedule and love of television did not. Although it was difficult, I can honestly say that after three years, I really am a pro at sleeping. I had always been good at taking a nap here and there, but now I’m always confident that I can sleep through the night. So confident, in fact, that if sleeping were an Olympic event, I’m positive that I could bring home gold. Keep reading to learn about the tricks that I swear by and the products I rely on for getting a minimum of eight hours of rest.