Doctors recommend we get seven to eight hours of sleep every night for energy and good health. Easier said than done, right? If you’re having trouble sleeping, here are a few tips to help you get that much needed rest.
Read a Book
It’s easy to turn on the TV when you’re having trouble getting to sleep, but you should really try to resist it. The sounds and lights create too much stimulation, making it difficult to completely wind down. Instead, grab a book. The back-and-forth reading motion can help you drift off.
Event the slightest bit of light can keep you up at night. Turning off the lights, charging your electronics in another room, or wearing a sleep mask will help in minimizing the amount of light that may stimulate you.
Duh! One of the keys to a restful night is comfort. Keeping the temperature cool and making your bedroom a place you want to spend time in will help you fall asleep quicker. Do you like a lot of pillows? Do you prefer your bed soft or firm? These are the things to consider.
Skip That Afternoon Coffee
We don’t realize how much caffeine affects our sleep. If you have coffee later in the day and you are not sleeping well, consider swapping that cup of joe for some herbal tea.
Spritz Your Linens
Add a few drops of essential oils, such as lavender or eucalyptus, into a small bottle of witch hazel. Spray it onto your linens. The scent can help easy your mind and body.
I hope these tips help you get back on track with your sleep. If you need some more suggestions, check out my Sleep Smoothie and Sweet, Sweet, Sleep posts!