How to Sleep Better
This is a partnered post with Vicks. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Unlike my husband who seems perfectly fine functioning on minimal sleep; I need hours and hours of uninterrupted sleep to be on my A-game. Like most moms, I’m the backbone of the family and keep things moving in an orderly fashion. If I don’t get the sleep my body needs, it’s likely that the family won’t get me at my best.
I’m not one for resolutions simply because I never seem to follow through but this is the time of year when many people are making those resolutions. My family actually started a new journey in September of last year for a healthier us and I’m happy to report we’re still going strong. We’re eating better, we joined a gym, we’re sticking to bedtimes, etc. We have all seen a change in our appearance, attitude and overall health.
I won’t lie and say everything is all butterflies and rainbows and that we wake up in the morning all smiley and chipper and that we go to sleep at night with dreams of white, fluffy clouds and talking sheep. Since becoming a parent, sleep has never really come easy for me. It’s a battle to turn off my mind and allow my thoughts to subside so that I can drift off to sleep at night. Some nights are easier than others. And then there are some nights that I need just a little help to sleep better.
How to Sleep Better
Limit caffeine: This one was absolutely the hardest one for me to kick. I love, love, love Diet Coke and giving up my favorite drink was one of the hardest things for me to do. But I noticed that it was easier for me to feel tired at night when my body wasn’t hyped up on caffeine. Drinks like tea and coffee should also be kept to a minimum to ensure that you can easily drift off to sleep.
Exercise: Since we’ve joined the gym and have been working with a trainer, I’ve noticed that it’s been easier for me to feel tired at night. We go to the gym 3-4 times each week and spend an hour each time doing pure torture to our bodies. So that may be exaggerating a little, but it’s pretty brutal. I find that my body responds so much better to sleep when I exercise on a routine basis.
Watch your diet: Some foods are harder to digest than others. If you notice a certain food doesn’t agree with you, try to eliminate it from your diet. For me, I try to keep my sugar intake as minimal as possible. I only eat fruit during the morning and early afternoon and only drink water to ensure that I’m not filling my body with sugar that does nothing for my body.
Get help: I’m not above asking for help. Especially when it comes to how to sleep better at night. If it’s approaching my bedtime and I’m not feeling tired or if my mind is whirling with thoughts, I use my lavender oil along with Vicks ZzzQuil. What I love about these is that they are both non-habit forming and I only have to use them when I need them.
When I’m finding it hard to quiet my thoughts long enough to fall asleep at night, I can count on ZzzQuil to help me get the sleep I need to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to start the day. For me, sleep is essential. I can’t afford not to sleep better at night!
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How do you sleep better at night?