Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

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Have I mentioned that getting a full eight hours of sleep just doesn’t happen in my life? I’m not sure when I stopped getting eight hours of good sleep but I know I haven’t had it in a long, long time. Maybe I stopped when my oldest child was born? I know waking for those 2AM feedings certainly didn’t help me feel rested in the morning.

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Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Thinking back, there were a lot of reasons I stopped getting a good eight hours of sleep. There are nights that I just do not fall asleep easily. Sometimes the day has been really stressful and I’m repeating the day’s events in my mind, over and over again. Sometimes aches and pains keep me from falling asleep quickly.

Whatever the cause of your sleeplessness, there are some tips for getting a good night’s sleep that can help.

  • Your bed should be for sleeping. Don’t watch television, play video games, work or read a book in bed. Your body needs to connect bed with sleep to create a healthy sleep routine.
  • Limit caffeine. I know I struggle with this one. There are times I need a cup of coffee after dinner just to get everything done. That can cause a sleepless night.
  • Eat foods that may make you sleepy like those that contain tryptophan (milk, turkey, bananas, oatmeal). Your body converts tryptophan to melatonin which may help you sleep better.
  • Avoid alcohol. Alcohol can actually prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. Try a glass of milk or a cup of chamomile tea instead.
  • Take a walk around the block. Exercise can help you sleep better. If you are totally wide awake, try a trip to the gym for a real workout.
  • Make sure it’s not your bed. Could it be an uncomfortable mattress or pillow that’s keeping you awake instead of helping you sleep?
  • Make sure that your bedroom is a relaxing place. Is your room cluttered and chaotic? Your bedroom should be a peaceful and relaxing place to fall asleep. Reduce the clutter and you may find you sleep better.

Not getting a good night’s sleep can make you feel physically, mentally and emotionally drained the next day. Sometimes, not getting enough sleep can change who you are and how you react to things. It can also result in silly slips and a lack of attention as you go through the day. The days I don’t get enough sleep the night before are generally the days I forget my purse at home or leave my credit card at the store instead of putting it back in my wallet. One day, I even put my cell phone in the refrigerator. Seriously. Not a good day at all.

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  • Take a photo or video to show how you felt or what you did when you did not get enough sleep
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Comments

  1. Great post! I hear ya about not getting enough sleep! There never seems to be enough hours in the day!!! I think the worst thing I did when I didn't get enough sleep was wake up in the middle of the night and shower and change for work because I thought it was time to get up! oop!
  2. Danielle K says
    I definitely feel you on not getting enough sleep - always up late trying to get things done. I did almost put my phone instead of my mug into the microwave the other day for tea - that would've been a disaster!
  3. When I was pregnant, I would do things like leave my keys in the fridge or put mail in the bathroom drawer.  I don't think I've had 8 full hours of sleep since my last child was born.  I definitely need to take these tips to heart.
    • Ellen Christian says
      I totally know how you feel. Children really do disrupt your sleep even if they're teenagers like mine!
  4. One of my goals for this year was to get more sleep and I've been pretty successful with it. Where I struggle is only sleeping in bed! I need to charge my phone in the other room or something so I don't check it before bed.
  5. Myrah - Coupon Mamacita says
    Sleeping has been in a problem at home with my hubby who is a truck driver. For me, NOW that my daughter is a teen, is when I am getting my 8 full hours of sleep. Thanks for the tips! 

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