5 Easy Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep
Sleep… it is something we all know we need; yet it is something a lot of us struggle to get enough of. Us mommas know, all too well, that our interactions with our kiddos is much better when we’ve had a good night’s sleep. I am, overall, more productive and more pleasant when I have gotten a quality amount of sleep. I know, sometimes we have no control over our little ones waking us up in the middle of the night. That just gives us even more reason to make sure we are doing what we can to drift off to sleep quickly. Here are 5 easy ways to get a better night’s sleep…
Change your mattress
First, you may need to consider changing your mattress. If you are struggling to get a quality night’s rest, it could simply be because your mattress is too uncomfortable. For example, I’m constantly waking up because I have rolled into the canyon that has formed in our mattress. If you are in the same situation as us I would suggest taking the time to save up the money for a new one and invest in a good, quality mattress. It can be hard to determine what kind of mattress you may need. Here is a mattress review from ChooseMattress to help you get started.
Get yourself an essential oil diffuser and diffuse some essential oils in your bedroom. Everyone is different, and will find different scents more relaxing than others. My personal favorite bedtime scents are lavender and vanilla. If you are new to essential oils, get some tips on how to get started with essential oils.
Magnesium oil is another natural sleep aid. Just take the oil and rub it onto your feet and legs before you go to sleep. Magnesium oil also helps with sore and cramped muscles. This is a win-win in my book, since sore muscles can keep you from a good night’s sleep as well.
Less Technology at Night Time
Using technology right before bed time can keep your brain busy when you should be getting that precious sleep. Try reading the Bible or another book before bed, instead of cruising through your phone. If you can’t get yourself to stay off your phone before bed, then I suggest using your blue light filter, if you have one built-in, or install one from your app store. The blue light from your device is a huge part of what is keeping your mind going when you are trying to fall asleep. There are also many Apps out there that will allow you to set a timer on your phone so that your blue light filter turns on at certain time each night and then off again in the morning.
Get More Sunlight
Last but not least, it is important to control your exposure to light. We use this method with newborn babies when they have their days and nights confused, so it would only make sense that we would continue to use this method as adults. Spend more time outside, and when you can’t do that, open up the blinds in your house and/or work space. At night, keep the lights down and sleep in as dark of a room as possible.
I hope you find yourself getting a better night’s sleep in the upcoming days. What do you do to make sure you are getting plenty of sleep? I would love to know!
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