Do you struggle with insomnia or other sleep issues? Check out our list of 7 lifestyle changes you can make to help you get a better night's sleep.
This post was sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Have you ever had difficulty sleeping? I know I sure have! From the time I got pregnant with my oldest daughter 9 years ago up until recently, I got very few full nights of sleep.
It's amazing once you start sleeping again what a tremendous impact it has on how you feel. Sleep is crucial for all aspects of health, and if you struggle to sleep well, you know how frustrating it can be.
So how did I start sleeping again? It was really a multi-pronged approach. And I'll tell you that I still have nights where I struggle to sleep. When that happens, I come back and look at the things I know help, and see where I might have strayed. Then I get back into my sleep routine and all is right in my world again.
Here are a few things that really help me get a better night's sleep. I hope they can help you too!
1. Drink Herbal Tea Before Bed
It's amazing what a cup or two of warm, herbal tea can do to relax your body! My favorite is Traditional Medicinals Cup of Calm. However, chamomile and lavender are great choices too.
2. Cut Back on Caffeine, Alcohol and Sugar
I find that these 3 are the big culprits for me. I try not to drink caffeine after noon so it doesn't keep me up. I also try to limit sugar as it can have a stimulant effect. I find that while it might be easy to fall asleep after a glass of wine, it's harder to stay asleep. When I avoid alcohol altogether, I sleep better through the night.
3. Diffuse Calming Essential Oils
I love diffusing essential oils every night. The aromas have direct access to your brain, and can help calm your body so you can sleep more restfully. Some good choices include Serenity, Balance, Wild Orange, Lavender, Frankincense, Cedarwood, Marjoram and Roman Chamomile. Keep trying combos until you find the one that works best for you!
4. Get Plenty of Exercise
When I get enough exercise, my body has a greater need for sleep. It's amazing what a good workout will do for a restful night's sleep. Just make sure you don't exercise too close to bedtime or it could have a stimulating effect.
5. Use a Topical Magnesium Supplement
It's amazing how many of us are magnesium deficient! I have found that using topical magnesium every night before bed helps me get a better night's sleep. And I feel more calm and relaxed too!
6. Keep a To Do List
So many of us lay awake at night thinking of everything we need to do the next day. I find that if I write everything down that I need to accomplish before I lay down, I can sleep much easier because my day is already planned out.
7. Enlist Some Help
If you've struggled with insomnia for a long time, it may take a while to get your sleep back on the right track. The National Sleep Foundation has a bunch of resources for people that are dealing with ongoing sleep health issues like insomnia, narcolepsy, cataplexy and more.
If you've tried all of the lifestyle tips for getting a better night's sleep that you can find, then you may want to talk to your doctor. Beyondtired.com has some great tips for talking to your doctor about sleep issues.
Don't suffer from insomnia unnecessarily. Try making some of the lifestyle changes I recommended or ones you find on Beyondtired.org. And if that doesn't work, have a chat with your doctor.
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