A few weeks I talked about insomnia and how prevalent it is—I still can’t believe more than four million Americans suffer from it. Insomnia and bad sleep habits can affect our entire lives. I know that on days when I’m sleep deprived, I am a total zombie and definitely can’t give my job and family the effort they deserve. Not long ago, I was one of those people who could not get a good nights sleep. For me, it was not an issue of falling asleep but rather one of not being able to stay asleep.
I would toss and turn all through the night and wake up in the wee hours of the morning. It really took a toll on me. But I’m so glad that I’ve gotten it somewhat under control. so which is why I’m excited to share with you how you (no matter if you have insomnia or not) can get better quality sleep. Because let’s face it—there’s always room for sleep improvement!
Here are a few of the best tried and true shut-eye strategies.
Exercise early. Getting a good night’s sleep actually starts first thing in the morning. Being active early in the day strengthens your circadian rhythm and helps bring sleepiness at night.
Get comfortable. Spend the time before bed winding down and reminding your body it’s almost time to sleep. Relax with a warm bath for a good transition to sleeping.
Turn off gadgets. Put your electronics away one hour before heading to bed. The lights from cell phones and tablets activate the brain and can keep you from falling and staying asleep.
Block out the light. Our body is natural reminded to rest when it is dark. Block the light in your bedroom while sleeping and expose your body to light during the day to help you wake up.
I was anxious for a restful night of sleep, so I tried these strategies. It definitely made a difference in my sleeping! One of the best (but also the hardest) was turning off my tablet an hour before bed. I like to relax with some Netflix and by checking Pinterest right before I go to sleep, so it was a bit of a sacrifice, but I definitely noticed a difference in my sleep after a few days. I fell asleep faster, got better quality sleep, and woke up feeling much more rested than normal. Even after trying these shut-eye strategies only after a few days, I noticed it was so much easier to get out of the bed and get to the gym in the morning. What I do know for sure is that if you don’t implement them, they don’t work, so these shut-eye strategies have definitely become a part of my routine!
It doesn’t take much to practice these healthy strategies, but the results can be amazing. Try them with me and let’s see how much better we can sleep! For more information on how to get a full, restful night’s sleep, visit WantToSleepMore.com