Hey there beautiful, how’s your sleep? Do you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night? I know I don’t! This is something I struggle with almost every night.
So, let’s talk about sleep and a few ways to make it better for you and me.
Stick to a sleep schedule.
Set aside no more than 8 hours of sleep. The recommended amount of sleep for a healthy adult is 7 hours. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Try to limit the difference in your sleep schedule on weeknights and weekends to no more than one hour. kBeing consistent reinforces your body sleep-wake cycle. If you don’t fall asleep within 20 minutes, leave your bedroom and do something relaxing. Maybe read, listen to music… do something relaxing. Go back to bed and see if this works…if it doesn’t repeat as needed.
Pay attention to what you eat and drink.
THIS IS HUGE! Don’t go to bed hungry or stuffed. In particular, avoid heavy or large meals within a couple of hours of bedtime. Your discomfort might keep you up (and/or your company in bed with you…..Ha, Ha, Ha!) Nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol deserve caution too. The stimulating effects of nicotine and caffeine take hours to wear off and can wreak havoc on quality sleep. And even though alcohol might make you feel sleepy, it can disrupt sleep later on in the night.
Create a restful environment
Often this means coo, dark, and quiet. Exposure to light might make it more challenging to fall asleep. Avoid prolonged use of light-emitting screens just before bedtime.
Consider using room-darkening shades, earplugs, a fan, or other devices to create an environment that suits your needs. Doing calming activities before bedtime, such as taking a bath or using relaxation techniques, might promote better sleep.
Give these 3 ways a shot and see if they work. It will take some time for the mind and body to adjust but I know we can do this!
Now, let’s work on getting those Zzzzzzz’s.