Sleep. Everyone gets it; it spans cultures, races, socio-economic levels. We all get sleep. Problem is, we just don’t get enough. Do we?
Studies have shown that sleep enhances weight loss, improves your ability to concentrate during the day and makes all the aches and pains a little less painful when you get enough ZZzz’s.
Here are my 5 tips to getting enough (and better) sleep:
1. Plan to head to bed an hour before you actually want to go to sleep. My bedtime, usually, is 9 pm. That means I’m asleep by 10 pm. Don’t fool yourself that washing your face, and all your usual bedtime routines take 5 minutes. It takes time to wind down.2. Pick just the right book. Some books are too scary, some are too intense. The right book will lead you off into a happy slumber. One I have really enjoyed before going to sleep is The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. It makes me lull into slumber knowing tomorrow will be a better, happier day.
3. Turn off the TV. Man oh MAN do I love to fall to sleep with TV on. I love those late shows and the new hosts are making them better then ever. DVR it (or Hulu it) and go to sleep. Silly girl.
4. Take out the devices. I didn’t think I could. I practically wanted my cell phone next to my hand 24/7 but now that it lives in its own little charging area — I do sleep SO much better. Make a charging center; your brain cells will thank you.
5. Get the right pillows. I have a foam pillow that doesn’t collapse much under my head, and another one between my knees. If yours doesn’t work for you — find that one that does. It will help your body keep its proper alignment.
Great sleep is something EXTRA important when you’re on your period. I can’t tell you how grumpy I am when I don’t sleep. Add to that the discomforts of your period and I have a hard time climbing back to my happy place. Your period brings a lot of physiological changes, including needing the best nutrition and sleep to replace what you’re losing.
If you’re looking to help your kids sleep — don’t miss this post on finding the best kids mattress.
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