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.

Lights Out

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.

Get Comfy

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!


28 Comments on A Good Night’s Sleep

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    March 31, 2015 at 11:43 am (3 years ago)

    I recently discovered Melatonin and it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I sleep well all the time now 🙂

    • becoming la nina
      March 31, 2015 at 6:47 pm (3 years ago)

      Did you know that grapes are packed with melatonin? I’ll eat a handful before hitting the sack.

  2. Emerald Lavender
    March 31, 2015 at 12:15 pm (3 years ago)

    I love your site, I’ll definitely be coming back! Thanks for the tips on sleep. Lord knows I need it with two little ones who don’t want to stay in their beds at night. Gorgeous site! x!

    • becoming la nina
      March 31, 2015 at 6:45 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much Emerald! You are welcome to drop in any time.

  3. Milena
    March 31, 2015 at 3:19 pm (3 years ago)

    I spritz my linens. It certainly helps relaxing.

  4. becca
    March 31, 2015 at 3:42 pm (3 years ago)

    Great tips for a good sleep. I do some of these already.

  5. maria @ closeothome
    March 31, 2015 at 3:47 pm (3 years ago)

    I had no idea that essential oils on your linens would help you sleep better. Things have been stressful for my husband so this is great

    • becoming la nina
      March 31, 2015 at 6:43 pm (3 years ago)

      I use lavender, and it really does a great job helping me de-stress.

  6. Lorane
    March 31, 2015 at 4:17 pm (3 years ago)

    I haven’t had a good nights sleep in a while and I know its due to current changes in my life. Aromatherapy works wonders for me .. once I spritz my pillows with them Its like I’ve floated off into dreamland right away

    • becoming la nina
      March 31, 2015 at 6:42 pm (3 years ago)

      I agree, aromatherapy really works wonders!

  7. Jennifer B
    March 31, 2015 at 4:38 pm (3 years ago)

    These are wonderful tips for getting a better nights sleep! It is so true about ditching the afternoon coffee too.

    • becoming la nina
      March 31, 2015 at 6:41 pm (3 years ago)

      People don’t realize how much caffeine really affects us.

  8. Lois Alter Mark
    March 31, 2015 at 5:49 pm (3 years ago)

    I used to be a great sleeper but not so much any more. These are good tips, and I definitely need to put my phone in another room!

    • becoming la nina
      March 31, 2015 at 6:40 pm (3 years ago)

      Electronics in bed are a killer…. It’s hard to let them go though. 🙂

  9. Ruth Zankich
    March 31, 2015 at 7:40 pm (3 years ago)

    It is so important to get a good nights rest. It seems like since I became a mom I get less and less.

  10. Liz Mays
    March 31, 2015 at 8:51 pm (3 years ago)

    Reading definitely helps me get to sleep. Sometimes it’s even annoying. I don’t like falling asleep mid-chapter!

  11. Mama to 5 BLessings
    March 31, 2015 at 10:27 pm (3 years ago)

    I cannot fall asleep unless I have the t.v. on at night, I prefer to sleep with it on all night but my husband puts the timer on!

  12. Rosey
    March 31, 2015 at 11:40 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m a late day coffee drinker, and sometimes I drink it late at night too. I have been thinking of swapping for tea here and there.

  13. Censie
    March 31, 2015 at 11:48 pm (3 years ago)

    Reading usually helps me fall asleep and relax. I need to get better and unplugging so my brain can stop! lol

  14. AJ @ NutriFitMama
    March 31, 2015 at 11:51 pm (3 years ago)

    I go to sleep as soon as my head hits the pillow. I love my sleep 🙂

    • becoming la nina
      April 1, 2015 at 8:49 am (3 years ago)

      I wish I could do that!!

  15. Ashley @irishred02
    April 1, 2015 at 9:29 am (3 years ago)

    I always read a book before bed. It is the only way to relax the mind and get a good night’s sleep

  16. Christy Hoover
    April 1, 2015 at 1:19 pm (3 years ago)

    These are great tips. I always have a time falling asleep. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Robin Hutchinson-Looney
    April 2, 2015 at 12:38 am (3 years ago)

    These are some great tips! I have a terrible time both falling asleep and staying asleep, so I implemented most of the things that you suggest. Lavender is a wonderful scent to spritz on the sheets, as is eucalyptus. I saw the comment someone made about taking melatonin, which works very good at making one fall asleep; I did not know that it is in grapes, which I love. Finally, absolutely make your bedroom a restful retreat, using pillows and neutral colors and, according to everything I’ve read, take the TV out of the bedroom. Oh, and something extra…light bulbs / TVs have blue light in them, which tells your body to stay awake. You can buy light bulbs that have low blue light (, and keep the light in the bedroom to low watts.

    • becoming la nina
      April 2, 2015 at 8:22 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks for the extra tip about the light bulbs, Robin! Good to know.

  18. Elizabeth Towns
    April 5, 2015 at 10:24 pm (3 years ago)

    I work hard at getting a good nights sleep for me and my children. My son takes melanin on some nights to help his body prepare for a good nights sleep because he stays revved up. I make sure all electronics and stimulus items are off. One thing that I have been doing lately that interrupts my process is working on the computer late. I have to stop that! Great post.
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  19. Annie {Stowed Stuff}
    April 9, 2015 at 9:34 am (3 years ago)

    I’ve just started spritzing my linens and I’m obsessed. There’s nothing better than a great night’s sleep. Super tips!


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