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Sigh. Prioritizing sleep. Easier said than done, right? I’m one of those moms who choses to stay up late just to get some alone time to unwind and watch an episode of Real Housewives or catch up on a show that the kids can’t watch. But back in June I started Weight Watchers, one of the things I started doing was going to bed earlier and getting more sleep. I couldn’t believe how much better I felt getting rested sleep!
And then I kinda fell off the wagon, and started staying up later and having a glass of wine after the kids went to bed. I noticed that I’d lay down and not even be able to fall asleep, or that I would wake up for no reason at 3 AM, and wasn’t able to fall back asleep for more than an hour (and usually longer than that.)
If you suffer from insomnia (meaning you can’t fall asleep, or fall asleep but toss and turn) you are not alone. Approximately ten percent of the adult U.S. population experiences symptoms consistent with the diagnosis of insomnia.
I wanted to share some healthy sleep tips I found at the National Sleep Foundation. They provide great resources for people like me who are suffering from sleep issues (i.e. insomnia, narcolepsy, cataplexy and more.) You’ll also find out how to start a conversation with your doctor if you’re having sleep issues and need to determine how to get a better night’s sleep.
These 5 healthy sleep tips have made a huge difference in helping me fall asleep fast and sleep all night long. I feel energized in the morning instead of tired, have more energy throughout the day, and feel rested and relaxed instead of sluggish.
5 Healthy Sleep Tips
Exercise – Yep, after I quit walking regularly is when I also started staying up later. I got back into my lazy routine, and exercise stopped being a priority. And since I was staying up late, I also was tired…too tired to exercise. It’s a vicious cycle!
Exercising is so good for your body and mind. It relieves stress and helps keep you healthy. We should strive to get 60 minutes of exercise a day, and I know what you’re thinking…when do I have an hour to exercise? If you make it a priority, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to find an hour.
It doesn’t have to be a straight hour of exercise, you can break it up. Take a quick walk during your lunch break. Instead of driving to pick up the kids from school, walk. Play outside with the kids after school. Talk a family walk. Consider getting a Fitbit and try to get 10,000 steps a day.
The National Sleep Foundation says that vigorous exercise is best, but light exercise is better than no activity. Whatever you do, it counts.
Be Comfy When You Sleep – Is your room too hot? Too cold? Ideal sleeping temperatures are between between 60 and 67 degrees. It should be quiet (I wear Drift To Sleep earplugs to cancel out Jason’s snoring,) but if you’re a person who needs some noise to fall asleep, try a white noise machine or download white noise for sleep music/sounds.
Also make sure you have a comfortable mattress and pillows. We both sleep on a MyPillow and we LOVE them! You can adjust MyPillow to your exact individual needs regardless of sleep position. I recommend these pillows for sure!
Avoid alcohol and heavy meals in the evening – Two of my favorite things that I’d put together at 9 PM after the kids went to sleep! It’s amazing how much better you’ll sleep just by not eating and drinking late into the evening. No large meals for two to three hours before bedtime. Need a snack before bed? Have one of these light snacks 45 minutes before bed.
Avoid Electronics Before Bed – I’m guilty of this one, too. As I watch TV, drink my wine, and eat my junk food, I would also be on my phone on social media. What I didn’t know is that electronic devices can make it hard to fall asleep, because the type of light that emanates from the screens is activating to the brain.
You need time to wind down, so do something relaxing like reading or yoga. Yoga For Stress Relief is my favorite DVD. It has yoga programs for both morning and night that are either invigorating or relaxing.
Avoid Naps – Napping always sounds like a great way to catch some extra sleep, but they can actually hurt your ability to sleep at night. No more naps and go to bed at the same time each night – you’ll be surprised how much better you’ll sleep!
You’ll find more healthy sleep tips and other resources for a better night’s sleep at National Sleep Foundation. Be sure to follow the National Sleep Foundation on Facebook and Twitter to get more tips and learn more about the importance of healthy sleep. Beyondtired.org is another great resource. It helps inspire people suffering from insomnia to reach better sleep. Sleep.org also is dedicated to teaching us the benefits of positive sleep health.
Healthy sleep doesn’t have to be hard to get…you just have to know what to do to get it! What healthy sleep tips work for you?
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