In case you missed it, I am doing a new series where I focus on one health and wellness goal for the month. For January, I focused on drinking more water. This month, the goal is to get more sleep. As a mom and entrepreneur, getting more sleep/getting a better night’s sleep was a lofty goal. Even when I was getting to bed earlier, I wasn’t falling asleep or staying asleep. Instead of just going to be earlier, I tried several different hacks for getting a better night’s sleep. Of all of the things I tried, here are the 7 that I recommend you try.
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Be Mindful Of What You Eat And Drink
Eating tons of sugar, drinking excessive amounts of caffeine, and eating food that is acidic can wreck your stomach making it harder to fall asleep or stay asleep. So while pizza and beer might sound like a nice relaxing evening, it is probably going to keep you from getting a good night’s sleep.
Exercise During The Day
Studied have shown after establishing an exercise routine, adults with chronic insomnia fell asleep more quickly, slept longer, and had a better sleep quality than before they started exercising regularly.
Have A Relaxing Nightly Routine
I’ve written about my nightly routine before. I still stand by having a relaxing nightly routine to get your body and mind ready for bed and to prepare yourself for good day in the morning.
Sip On Some Sleepy Time Tea
Need help getting your body relaxed for bed? Try drinking tea that is made specifically to calm and relax. Growing up we always kept Sleepy Time in the house but you can pick the calming tea blend you like the best.
Chamomile oil, lavender oil, and cedar wood are known for helping to ease anxiety and to relax the body. Both of which are good things for getting your body ready for sleep…. Lavender can often be found in sprays, candles, sleep masks, and oils. For chamomile or cedar wood oils, you can add a couple of drops to a diffuser. I’m not personally a fan of lavender so I usually opt for chamomile instead.
While strenuous exercise before bed will keep you awake, light stretching can make you more calm and relaxed. Do a few easy yoga positions or some simple stretches and clear your head at the same time.
Supplement With Magnesium
When trying to get a better night’s sleep, I try not to take seeping medications. As a mother of two small children, that is my personal preference. I do however use magnesium to help with sleep. Some people take supplements. Personally, I prefer to use a magnesium foot lotion. I sleep better and my feet get moisturized at the same time.