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Tips for a Better Night's Sleep - Also, don't hate me.

Lisa Wright Burbach

Ok, Don't hate me! Really!!!

When I got married I had to tell my husband "DO NOT talk to me about anything important when we get in the bed, I will not hear you!! I will be asleep!. I'm one of those people who falls asleep right away and next thing I know it is morning!!

Once in a blue moon I will have trouble sleeping and then I wonder how people live like that!!! The truth is that it's very unhealthy and can impact your over all well being, including your mental health and weight. Some of our habits can negatively impact our chances at a good night's sleep. But, the good news is that we can change our behaviors.

Tips for a better night's sleep:

  • Step outside: or at least get near a window. Studies show that exposure to natural light during the day can help you sleep better at night.

  • Caffeine: Try cutting out caffeine in the afternoon. Caffeine is a stimulant and can enhance your energy levels, sports performance and focus, which is not what you are looking for when trying to get a good night's sleep.

  • Routine: Try a bedtime and wakeup time. Being consistant can help you ur body's own rhythms.

  • Drop the temperature: Studies show that sleeping in a cooler room makes for more effective, better sleep. Scientists recommend between 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit. If you aren't an allergy sufferer try opening a window even when it's chilly.

  • Watch the Blue Light exposure: Most of us are glued to our computers, iPads, phones, laptops.... all day which is a source of blue blight. This light tells our body that it is daytime and that we need to be ready to be on the go. Try quitting electronics about an hour before going to bed.

  • Natural Supplement: Melatonin plays an important role in our sleep, this hormone lets your body know that it is time for bed. Look for safe supplements with science you can verify. We recommend Dream Serene.

  • Alcohol: While many of us complain that a nice glass of wine makes us sleepy, that is temporary and later can mess with your sleep hormones and actually contribute towards issues with waking, snoring, and even sleep apnea.

Try adding some of these things into your lifestyle and see what happens. It may be helpful to keep a sleep journal for a while as well to help you track what is working and not working and find any patterns.

If none of these things are working for you, you may want to consider seeing a sleep specialist to rule out more serious problems.

Wishing you many wonderful sleep filled nights!


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