I participated in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central for Pernix Therapeutics. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
For the last couple of months, Stephen and I have been staying up really late — like until midnight and then sometimes a little while after that. Then the next morning, we both wake up cranky and tired, not really understanding why.
A couple of nights ago, we started going to bed early again, and let me tell you how much better I feel since doing that.
Sleep is so important to the health of our body. It does so many things and without it, our bodies are left to fend for themselves.
In a previous post I discussed the huge sleep problem in the U.S. With nearly 4 million Americans suffering from insomnia, we have a huge sleep problem in this country.
In today’s post, I want to share 4 things that I think are great ideas to help you get to sleep easier at night. We are starting to practice all of these and they are making a huge difference in our sleep pattern.
1. Exercise Earlier in the Day:
I love doing kickboxing. It is one of my favorite classes to go to. It is later in the afternoon, but still early enough that it helps bring on sleepiness at night.
You body has a circadian rhythm and when you exercise every day it strengthens it which helps to make you sleepy at night.
Have you ever noticed how good you sleep after a great workout?
2. Bath Time Signals Downtime:
During the evenings, one of my favorite ways to wind down is to take a warm bath. I fill my tub with hot water, throw in some Lavender or Eucalyptus Epsom salts and sink into the water.
It is during this moment that my body does that “ah” moment and completely and fully relaxes.
Relaxing activities, like taking a warm bath, can help transition you from daytime to bedtime.
3. Get Off Those Electronics:
This is one I am still working on, but I have noticed that on the nights I power down early and don’t stay on my phone or Ipad, I find that I sleep better when I do.
LED lights from mobile phones and tablets can activate the brain, keeping you from falling and staying asleep at night.
4. Hang Up Black Out Curtains:
This is something that my husband and I have done for years. He likes it pitch black when we sleep. I used to like it lighter in the room, but once I realized how amazing I slept when it was complete and total blackness in the room, he won me over to the black out curtains.
Now — I have them all throughout the house. Light and darkness are natural reminders that tell your body when it’s time to rest.
Light during the night can send messages to the brain telling you to “wake up!” before you’re ready.
I am definitely going to continue to put these tips to use, especially working on that signing off an hour before bedtime thing. I’m really bad about staying on social media when I should be getting myself ready for bed.
What about you? Which of these 4 can you start working on today?