Tips for Sleeping Better
Do you find that you either can’t get to sleep or if you can get to sleep, you don’t stay asleep? I fit in the latter. I can go to sleep anywhere and at any time but..I don’t sleep for very long.
The older I get, the more I wake up. At one point, I was getting up at least once every two hours and that isn’t good for you or your health. Not to mention your attitude! LOL.. a sure cause for a grumbly heart is lack of sleep for me.
After searching for tips and tricks on sleeping better, I started trying a couple of things. Here are my tips for sleeping better. Maybe they will help you too.
Check the Manufacturing Date on Your Mattress
Seriously, our bed was purchased when we bought our home way back in 1997. Yikes, that badboy is older than some of my children! No wonder my hips and shoulders hurt when I lay on it for too long.
If you have an older bed, I recommend taking a look at the Puffy Mattress. It is available in sizes from twin to California King. It ships directly to your home and even comes with a 101 night sleep trial guarantee. Made from a cooling memory foam material, it forms to your body preventing pressure points on your joints.
This mattress is too cool. We’ve tried memory foam mattress covers before and have laughed about how small the packaging is compared to the opened product. Well, a word to the wise here… have this mattress in place before you start opening it!
It is shipped in a small box and is vacuum sealed. Once you break that seal..whoa baby, this mattress is going to start opening and making itself comfortable on your box springs. Just make it up with your standard sheets and climb in.
Remove the Television from Your Bedroom
Simple but effective. The habit of climbing into bed and watching the television for hours does not promote sleeping. Take that device out of your room! Make your bedroom a place to relax. If you can’t remove the television, at least set it on a timer. Even if you are turning the sound off, the changing lights of the screen keep your brain engaged. Go for the no electronic bedroom for a better nights sleep.
Limit Your Physical Activity Before Bed
I know…easier said than done by any mom. Once the crew is off to their rooms, it is easy to dig in and get busy doing chores or activities around the house. Been there – you look at the clock and it is well into the night! Morning comes every day and staying up or getting all worked up before bedtime just means it will take you longer to fall asleep.
Change the Time You Take Your Meds
Have you given any thought to how your medicine might be keeping you awake? I have a couple of them that I moved to earlier in the night (around dinner time) so they would not just be kicking in as I head to bed. While I know it is easier to remember to take your meds when you are preparing for bed, this could be a reason you are having trouble sleeping.
Set a Reasonable Bedtime
We give our little ones bedtimes so why not schedule our own? Turn off the distractions and head to your room at a decent hour. Once you get through your personal bedtime routine, turn off that light and snuggle down under the covers. Clear your mind of as much as possible. I like to pray or sing to myself until I drift off to sleep.
I have slowly been getting more sleep each night. I still struggle with not being able to turn off my brain when I get in the bed but I am working on that through journaling during my morning quiet time.
How to do ensure a good nights sleep? Any tips you can share with me?