Sleep. That elusive activity that so many of us are deprived of day after day. It’s difficult to get to bed on time, and when you do, it’s likely your brain won’t shut off fast enough for you to rest as long as your body needs. I’ve been trying to rest up for my busy days, and with my new Nature’s Sleep pillow and these tips, I’m off to a great start.
Keep reading for seven ways that I’m using to help me sleep better at night.
1. No electronic devices one hour before bed. This one can be hard, especially for those that depending on our iPhone or feel the need to check our email every 10 minutes. However, the bright lights and colors of these screens are keeping our minds too activated to wind down and sleep. Turn off all devices one hour before you plan to go to bed, and don’t keep them on your nightstand.
2. Use a white noise machine. If the nighttime silence is just too much for you, try a white noise machine. This will give you just enough sound to break the quiet without being too much for your brain. Music is an alternative for some, but with that route, you may find yourself singing along rather than hitting the sack.
3. Relax with lavender oil. Studies have shown that lavender essential oil can help relieve anxiety, insomnia, and all the thoughts that keep us awake at night. Using a diffuser or just sprinkling a few drops of the oil ona tissue placed beside your bed is enough to help you rest better.
4. Have a light snack before bed. Right after you shut off all of your electronics, have a small bite to eat. Go for a mixture of protein and complex carbs so you will be full throughout the night. Avoid fried or sugary foods as a bedtime snack – we want to be satisfied, not hyped up or feeling like we shouldn’t have eaten at all! Sometimes even just a nice glass of cold water or hot tea helps calm me down.
5. Get active during the day. Exercise is beneficial for so many reasons, one being it will help you sleep better! Working out in the morning or during the day helps your body release melatonin later in the evening. You’ll feel drowsy enough that you can drift off to sleep sooner. However, avoid exercising too close to bedtime – at least 4 hours before you go to bed is ideal.
6. Start a night journal. Many people find it hard to fall asleep because they have too many worries and issues running through their minds. Writing down these thoughts can help ease the anxiety and let you sleep better. Along with the problem, write down a solution so you can begin tackling it the following morning.
7. Use the RIGHT pillow. Seriously! It’s like my life changed when I used Nature’s Sleep products for the first time.
I have the Vitex Memory Contour Pillow, and I get a great sleep EVERY night now. It’s amazing how something as simple as a pillow can be to feeling your best day after day, but I believe it now. I used to only splurge on things like clothes or shoes, and I didn’t think to take care of my body at rest. I was thrilled to receive this pillow to review, and I can’t say enough great things about the quality of my everyday life now. I try to get to sleep each night by 11, and I am up early by at least 7. I get my best work done before dawn, and I credit my pillow for helping me get the rest I so need.
Not only that, but the contoured design helps keep my spine in alignment. I no longer wake up achy or sore. I am quite comfortable all night, and the pillow is quite cool to the touch. It’s soft memory foam design keeps me comfortable even on those nights when I toss and turn. With a little help from these tips to get better sleep, I know that my energy will only increase during my busy days.
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