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.

Aroma Therapy

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

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!

5 ways to get better sleep

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24 Comments

  1. Katie | Hospitable Homemaker

    February 2, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Oh how I wish I could get more sunlight! but I dont live in a good area for that, haha! But this is a really good list! Less technology has helped me so much!

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 3, 2018 at 9:30 am

      Oh man. I can’t imagine living where I could get much sunlight. Thanks for reading!

  2. Julie I Aloha Lovely

    February 2, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    I’ve been thinking about aroma therapy and wondering if it really works. Might need to try it out!

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 2, 2018 at 12:44 pm

      I believe aroma therapy really does work. Just think about everyday smells and how they effect you… that’s basically all aroma therapy is. Plus, there is the huge added bonus that it is all natural and you are only breathing in pure plants… no nasty chemicals. Thanks for reading! 🙂

  3. Bethany L Mitchell

    February 2, 2018 at 11:47 am

    these are such great tips! I’m going to look into the magnesium oil one.

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 2, 2018 at 12:11 pm

      I hope it helps! Thank you for reading. 🙂

  4. Courtney Byers- A byers guide

    February 2, 2018 at 11:27 am

    I LOVE your tips! I used to have the worst time sleeping and lavender oil has helped me a ton

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 2, 2018 at 12:11 pm

      I’m glad that lavender has helped you out! Thanks for reading. 🙂

  5. Jess

    February 1, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    I really think I need a new mattress. After sleeping so much better when I was visiting my family over the holidays, this became apparent to me! I also could do better about unplugging from technology earlier in the evening.

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 1, 2018 at 8:34 pm

      Yeah, the technology part can be challenging. It’s a habit many of us probably need to break. Thanks for reading!

  6. Zahra Biabani

    February 1, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    I’ve tried using magnesium oil spray for sore muscles, but it always makes me itchy!? Maybe I’m allergic? idk haha

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 1, 2018 at 8:34 pm

      Oh no, that’s too bad. You must definitely have a sensitivity to it. I hope you can find something else that helps you.

  7. Linda

    February 1, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    I’ve recently changed my mattress and love the oils!!! Both together work wonders!

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 1, 2018 at 7:34 pm

      I’m so glad you got a new mattress. I am hoping we can get one soon! Thanks for reading!

  8. Mandy

    February 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Lavender and Magnesium oil! Yes. Those have helped me so much

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 1, 2018 at 6:56 pm

      Good to know that someone out there is getting a good night’s sleep.

  9. Ayanna @ 21FlavorsofSplendor

    February 1, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Great tips! I never thought that spending more time outside would affect my sleep, but I totally see that. Especially with my girls. When they’ve had an active day of outdoor activities, they are usually out like a light at bedtime. Yet on the days when they have been inside all day, it takes longer for them to fall asleep.

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 1, 2018 at 11:37 am

      Yep, it’s like we forget these simple things as adults. Our bodies still work the same way with light, even though we are older. Thanks for reading!

  10. Glenny

    February 1, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Ah I love aromatherapy. I usually have lavender diffuser oil to help me sleep at night but I’ve never thought about magnesium oil! Thanks for these tips x

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 1, 2018 at 11:36 am

      I love my lavender! Add some vanilla to it and it’s pure bliss. Thanks for reading! 🙂

  11. jenna urben

    February 1, 2018 at 11:06 am

    I definitely need to spend more time outdoors! Thanks for these tips

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 1, 2018 at 11:09 am

      You are welcome! We could all use a little more sunshine in our lives. Thanks for reading!

  12. Courtney Buechle

    February 1, 2018 at 11:06 am

    I have had so much trouble sleeping lately. These are such great tips, I haven’t ever heard of Magnesium Oil but I need to find some ASAP.

    1. KatiesKottage

      February 1, 2018 at 11:09 am

      You can get it off of amazon or at any health food store. Hope it works out for you! Thanks for reading!

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