‘Sleep Like A Baby’ at night.
Better sleep is the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. When it comes to mental, emotional, and physical health, nothing can sabotage us faster than not enough quality sleep. For those who suffer from insomnia or restless sleep, there is good news! There are many natural, easy ways to promote restful sleep so you can tackle your days with the energy and joy they deserve.
Sticking to a Schedule Promotes Better Sleep
The first recommendation the Sleep Foundation makes is to have a set sleep schedule. Regardless of what day it is, do the best you can to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. This gives your body the opportunity to regulate its internal clock so it’s easier for you to rest consistently.
Have a Healthy Day
Drink water, eat fresh organic foods, get exercise—everything you do to promote good health throughout the day will give you a better sleep at night when the sun goes down. Looking for a place to start? Begin your day with a protein-rich meal and cut down on your caffeine intake, especially after noon. Go easy on alcoholic beverages, which can seriously disrupt healthy sleep patterns, and focus on getting enough water.
Check Your Sleep Space
What is your bedroom like? If it’s disorganized or messy, you may find it difficult to relax when it comes time to sleep. You may need to keep your room cool and dark or to make sure there aren’t any noises that could affect your sleep. If necessary, get room darkening curtains, a white noise machine or fan. Invest in a comfortable bed and quality bedding. There are several essential oils that will help with relaxation and sleep, including lavender, ylang ylang, and bergamot. Try applying them topically or diffusing them. Make your bedroom an oasis and it will be easier to relax when it comes time to get better sleep.
An overactive mind can ruin a good night’s sleep. Turn off your devices and TV for a time before settling down, the light emitted by them actually stimulates the mind. Then to alleviate some of that mental chatter, try writing out tomorrow’s to do list before you hit the pillow. Journaling is also a great way to unwind after a full day, especially noting all you are grateful for. Many people turn to meditation or yoga to relax their minds and bodies. Figure out what works for you, then do it.
Be equally mindful about how you begin your day. What makes you look forward to getting up in the morning? Making a gratitude list or talking to a friend first thing will set the tone for your day. Be intentional about how you spend the very first part of your day and it will transform your entire day and your life.
Take a 10 Minute Power Nap
Your day may not provide you the time, but when you can and if you need it, take a ten minute power nap. Research shows remarkable improvement in your ability to focus and stay on task with as little as 10 minutes of rest.
Sleep is precious. Once you find the habits that help you sleep well and greet your days with enthusiasm, protect them. Improving this one area of your life will dramatically impact your mental, emotional, and physical health.
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