Monday, February 5, 2018

5 Tips to sleeping better at night

Sleep is seriously one of my favorite pastimes. It is amazing how much better I feel after a good night of sleep or after a nap on a rainy day. I am a nap queen and believe that you can lead a healthier, happier life if you are well rested. While I am an avid sleep fan, there have been times in my life when sleeping was not easy to do. Stress, worry, and being overly tired all contributed to my inability to get a good night of sleep. During my divorce, this was particularly problematic as I was unable to sleep without the help of Advil PM. Fast forward a few years and I am now able to sleep like a baby again--except when the Pug wakes me up of course! Because I believe that sleep is so important to our happiness, I have create a list of tips that helped me when I was having a hard time sleeping in the hopes that it might help you get a better night of rest.

  1. Make sure that your room is dark. One of the hardest parts of getting to sleep when I lived in my apartment during my divorce was the fact that the street lights were so bright that they shined in through my blinds. I didn’t think it was that big of a deal but then once I got light cancelling curtains, it made a drastic difference and it helped me get to sleep faster because i was no longer internally stewing over the annoying street lamp.

  1. Use a sound machine. Sometimes it is just too quiet to sleep. When it is too quiet, I find that my mind races and I think of everything that I have to do around my house or at work. I am a driven person who likes to constantly achieve, whether it be at tasks at home or in my career. Because of this, I have a hard time relaxing and turning off my mind. I started using a sound machine at night via an app on my phone and it made a big difference in my ability to focus and calm my mind down enough to get to sleep.

  1. Meditation. Like I mentioned above, my mind has a tendency to run constantly. I have a hard time slowing down to do anything and my sweet husband often has to remind me to slow down. Meditation helps me slow down and focus on tasks at hand. It also helps me clear my mind and calm down. It is amazing how much internal energy is stress is running through you when you don’t stop for a moment to simply be. Meditating at bedtime has helped me get a more restful night of sleep.

  1. Work on your snoring. If you are a snorer, there are several things that you can do to lessen the noise so that you can get a better night of sleep. Even if you are not woken by your snoring, your partner will appreciate it if you can decrease your snoring in any way. Besides losing weight or having a sleep apnea test conducted to find out the main cause of your snoring, you can also try out the best anti snoring device that has been known to drastically decrease, if not eliminate snoring.

  1. Keep water by your bedside. One of the main causes that I have not been able to sleep in the past is the simple fact that I was thirsty. By keeping a small glass of water on your nightstand, you can stay hydrated and get to sleep easier.

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