Sleep is arguably the most under appreciated key we have for creating a happy, healthy, and more fertile mind and body. While we sleep our bodies and minds are busily repairing cells, solidifying new bits of information, and decompressing. Unfortunately, very few us get the right amount of sleep. We have so much on our minds and so much to do, sleep is often in short supply. Quality rest is something we all can use a bit more of.
If any of the below resonates with you, you may want to consider getting more shut eye:
- Having people accuse you of lying when you tell them your age, then asking you for anti-aging secrets is one of your life's goals
- Can't remember where you put your keys, purse, favorite sweater, dog?
- The idea of needle sticks and finger pricks make you squirm so you are determined to do all you can do to avoid diabetes and other chronic disease
- You are tired of being tired, sick of being sick, and sick and tired of being sick and tired.
Did you see yourself in any of the above statements? If so read on for tips to wind down so you can wake up ready to take on the world, restored and refreshed.
- Avoid long naps- Keep your naps short during the day (30 minutes or less is perfect) to prevent having trouble falling asleep at night.
- Be active during the day- Physical activity during the day often means more rest at night. Just make sure it is not too close to your bed time to keep that post-workout surge of energy from keeping you up too late. Don't forget to stretch!
- Turn off all lights and electronic devices- This one might be hard, but believe me, it's worth it. All of the light and stimulation can really ruin a good night's sleep.
- Avoid eating late at night to avoid heartburn- If you find heartburn keeps you up at night, avoid eating before it's time to hit the hay. Prop yourself up and avoid heartburn triggers like greasy foods and carbonated beverages if heartburn is a problem.
- Take a warm bath or shower- Nothing is more calming after a long day than a warm shower or bath. Let the water wash away the day's troubles and relax your muscles. Add some lavender oil to the bath water, use lavender scented body wash or lotion, and pour yourself a cup of chamomile tea.
- Play quiet, soothing music- Classical music, white noise, and ambient music can help to quiet your brain to make falling asleep easier.
- Journal- Journaling has been a life saver for me. I can honestly say I sleep better when I have journaled. The process of writing out all my thoughts and the events of the day put me in the prime state of mind for sleep.
Try your best to leave enough time to get 7-9 hours of sleep before you have to wake up.
Please share any tips you have to get the best night's sleep.