Tips for Better Sleep

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Everyone has trouble sleeping at different periods in their lives.  I know many new moms that are basically sleep walking and if you have your babies close together then you are really struggling to get enough sleep.  Sometimes you may be stressed out with family or work obligations.  Whatever the reason, it’s frustrating.  Many people start to feel anxiety about going to sleep.  It can be really hard to break the no sleep cycle.

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Here are some tips to help you go to get that better sleep you deserve.

  1.  Get hydrated!– Make sure you get enough water during the day.  I know when I don’t get enough I am really restless.
  2. Stay away from caffeine–  OK- I know this is not what you want to hear.  You wake up tired and you need some to get going.  Afternoon hits and you need a little pick me up.  Stay away from the caffeine!!  I’ve learned my that I can’t have any caffeine after noon or it keeps me awake at night.  It took me a long time to figure this out.  No matter how tired I am, I avoid it.  Caffeine can stay in your body a long time.
  3. Exercise–   I know you’ve heard this before, but it’s true.  Just taking a walk during your lunch can get energized for the rest of the day and help you sleep better at night.
  4. Reduce screen time- If you are having trouble falling asleep,  getting off of a screen, TV included, can help a ton.  Try reading a book, doing some light chores, or painting your nails.
  5. Write out a list of to-dos– If you can’t fall asleep because you are thinking of all the things you have to get done, write it out.  Sometimes just getting it out on paper will help you let it go.  You don’t have to think about it anymore.  You won’t forget because you just wrote it out.
  6. Watch what and when you are eating– Are you eating too late, too early, not enough of the right foods, too much sugar?  Take a look at your menu and try out some new things.  My family changed our dinner to 4:00pm because my kids weren’t eating after their sports.  They weren’t sleeping well either because they were hungry and waking up early.
  7. Make your bedroom peaceful– When you walk in your bedroom are there tons of clothes, toys, and piles of junk?  Take a weekend and declutter.  Get it out of your bedroom.  Now when you go into your room it’s peaceful and inviting.  It will help you relax.  If you get on a roll, buy some new pillows or comforter to make it an inviting space.
  8. Keep the kids out of the bedroom–  This is my biggest thing.  All my kids,at one point, get up and get into bed with us.  As soon as that happens, I’m awake.  They wiggle and kick.  I can’t get back to sleep and if I do, then I get a kick to the back.  I don’t allow the kids in my bed at all.

You can get more great information at BeyondTired.org.  You can read personal stories of how others suffer from insomnia and what they are doing to get better sleep.  I think I relate most with Jessica.  She’ll wake up in the night and can’t fall back asleep. They have great videos and more ideas to better sleep.  Here’s one that has some tips you may use.

Seventy million Americans are affected by one or more symptoms of insomnia and that National Sleep Foundation can provide you with education and improving health.

Now there’s no reason to suffer anymore.  Check out the websites and get a good night’s sleep.

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