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You already know how important it is to get enough sleep, but sometimes this is way easier said than done. Work, stress, and a whole slew of other things can get in the way of you getting the quality shuteye that you so desperately need.

When you do have time to get in bed, you want to make the most of the hours you get. Here are a few of our favorite ways to get a better sleep.

1. Make Your Bed Look (And Feel) The Part

If you’re still using the same sheets and pillows you had in college, it’s time to replace them with something a little more high-end. Investing in nice bedding can make a huge different in your comfort level, which will help you sleep better. We love this cashmere antelope pillow cover and cashmere throw from Williams-Sonoma. Pick up some comfier pillows and blankets and you’ll be drifting off to sleep in no time.

2. Get Your Workout In Earlier

Exercise releases endorphins, which is awesome; but endorphins and sleep don’t always mix. Hitting the gym right before trying to hit the sack is a recipe for disaster. If you can get enough sleep to wake up early and work out first thing in the morning, you’ll start your day off right and sleep better at night.

3. Take a Hot Shower

If you’ve always thought that showering right before bed helped you sleep better, you may have been onto something. Stepping out of a warm shower and into a cool bedroom causes your body temperature to drop slightly, which will make you feel sleepy. Use this stress relief body wash from Aveeno to maximize the effects of your nighttime shower. It’s formulated with lavender, essential chamomile and ylang-ylang oils — all known for their calming benefits.

4. Use Chill Products

There are tons of products that you can use to help you relax and sleep at night. Try using this relaxing body lotion from Crabtree & Evelyn after you shower at night to de-stress and smooth your skin.

5. Write Down Your Issues

The power of writing down your stressors cannot be overstated. Even jotting down a to-do list for the next day can help ease your mind and put you to sleep. Find a journal or notebook that you love and take a few minutes before bed to write down anything that’s on your mind and bothering you.

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