This post was sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own.
There is nothing quite like a great night of sleep! I have never had any issues with staying asleep except to the occasional incident until recently! It seems since I hit my 40’s I struggle with staying asleep. Sometimes I will get up as early as 2 or 3 am and be up for hours and it makes for a miserable morning for sure! I’m not sure why things changed with me but I do know I don’t like it! There are 7 things to do to get a better nights sleep and I try to do most of them all of the time.
Avoid caffeine (especially at night) – Caffeine can really get you going and if you are trying to relax it is not good to consume too much and even better if you can avoid it altogether in the evening hours.
We can say no to tv an hour before bed – TV is actually known to keep you awake, it is better to do a relaxing activity before bed such as a bath or reading.
We can read a book ( I love to read and if it is at night it can help you get sleepy) – usually the more you read the sleepier you become and this is not only a good thing in getting you to sleep but you are spending time learning and gaining wisdom in what you are reading. Even fictional books can widen your vocabulary and help relax you.
Take a warm bath (put some lavender oils in the bath) – A warm bath is known to relax you and adding oils or certain scents can help even more!
Have a cup of chamomile tea – I’m not a tea lover but I have friends that swear by its relaxing ways and they say chamomile tea helps them sleep well
Listen to soothing music – some people can’t listen to sound to fall asleep but some love it. I have an aunt is was recently widowed and she finds sound very relaxing and she doesn’t feel as alone. Pick some music or sounds that are relaxing, nature sounds are wonderful also and you can download those to your music. Everything from thunderstorms to waterfalls.
Don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor about sleeping issues, they could help!
There are times where it seems nothing helps and you feel alone but you don’t have to. I’m so glad to know I don’t suffer alone! Many people have sleep issues like insomnia, narcolepsy, and/or cataplexy, I was so glad to hear that the National Sleep Foundation has many resources to help! If you’re suffering from insomnia, their site is full of relaxation activity ideas, testimonials from others who have overcome sleep difficulty, and more. The National Sleep Foundation can also help you with starting a conversation at your doctors to discuss your sleep issues. You can find even more resources at sleep.org
Beyond Tired is a wonderful resource if you struggle with insomnia. It has tips and testimonials.
There is so much great information at The National Sleep Foundation website and if you have sleeping issues you don’t want to miss all it has to offer.