Great Tips to Obtaining a Better Nights Sleep
Except for the occasional night, I am able to sleep quite well. Usually eight to nine hours a night. However, there is the odd night that I find myself struggling to sleep well. An aunt told me many years ago that when we have trouble sleeping it is usually because we are stressed out about something. Sometimes we cannot even pinpoint what we are worried about. But our subconscious knows, and therefore it has trouble relaxing enough to allow us to fall asleep.
For the nights that I may be worried about something, I quickly rely on a few simple techniques that always help me get a better nights sleep. I thought you might find them helpful as well.
Set the Mood
A cool, dark bedroom is very important for a person to have a better nights sleep.
You can either open the window or use fans to keep the room cool. Also, adjust your thermostat so that your furnace only turns on during the night if it gets too cold in the rest of the house.
Use good room darkening blinds or drapes to keep your bedroom dark.
Always make sure that your mattress and pillows are comfortable. And if noises in the house, or even outside, typically disturb your sleep, consider a good pair of ear plugs. Once you get use to them you will wonder how you ever lived without them.
As a kid you may have had a bedtime snack before brushing your teeth and climbing into your bed. Why not do that as an adult too?
My favorite bedtime snack as a kid was a hot chocolate. However, dairy is not my friend anymore.
Better bedtime snack ideas include eating a banana, having a small turkey sandwich, or one slice of peanut butter on toast. Some people have said that low sugar cereals work well for them too.
Do you go to bed playing with your cell phone or tablet? Stop doing that. Instead, take a good book to bed with you. Some fun, light reading will help your mind refocus and relax, after a long stressful day.
Tense muscles can lead to soreness and muscle cramps. These can easily distract you when you are trying to fall asleep. Before you go to bed, practice some simple stretching techniques with your arms and legs to help them relax.
Before heading upstairs to bed I take a tablespoon of liquid magnesium to help my entire body relax. I also have a magnesium lotion that I rub on my lower back every night too. You can apply it to your legs if you experience night cramps in your legs. And you can rub the lotion on the back of your neck and on your shoulders, if you find they are sore from sitting in front of a computer all day. You will rarely have any trouble sleeping if you use magnesium.
When All Else Fails
If you still wake up in the middle of the night and are unable to get back to sleep, simply lay there and relax. Do some breathing exercises. If worried thoughts try to creep into your mind, immediately replace them with beautiful moments, such as lying on the beach, or going skiing, or anything you truly enjoy. Use your mind to tell yourself a good story as you calmly lay there, and before you know it, you will be sleeping again.
We want to thank our guest author Sicorra for sharing this terrific article about some easy steps that can be taken in order to get a better nights sleep! Thank you Sicorra!