I LOVE TO SLEEP. Ask anyone who knows me, ask my mom, even as a baby I chose sleep over food any day. After family gatherings like thanksgiving I would run upstairs and take a quick nap. Even nowadays naps are a regular thing in my household and I can sleep through just about everything. Office naps? You bet your bottom I’m in the back office on lunch snoozing through all those telephone rings. So let me help you fight your insomnia and get a good nights rest!
These tips are what I do before bedtime, so it’s not necessarily what I do when I want to nap…
- Detach from your phone, TV, tablet, electronic devices, etc. That way your eyes aren’t being strained from the light from your electronic devices and you can keep your mind off what drama the Kardashians are in today. Here are some suggestions of what you can do instead: I have a cat at home that I sometimes play with before bed. Or I read a local newspaper for this weekends events. You can tidy up your home, or talk to your significant other and actually have a conversation without having distractions. Just anything but the technology!
- Drink some chamomile or sleepy time tea. That way you are naturally getting yourself to rest. I have no clue what’s in sleep aid pills or NyQuil and I’m sure you don’t either. At least with natural organic tea you know exactly what you are consuming. I put honey in my tea to make it taste a little better. Tea is also a better route to go because sleeping pills can make you feel groggy the next morning.
- Set a bedtime. If you’re like me and need a full 8 hours of sleep, plan it accordingly and actually be in bed at your set time. That means brush your teeth and get ready for bed in a timely manner.
- Keep your mind clear. I am guilty of laying wide awake in bed anxious about the next day or something that recently happened, and when I find myself doing this I try my hardest to clear my mind. Here are some tips for clearing your mind: focus on your breathing, in through your nose out through your mouth. I play the “keep your eyes shut game” and refuse to open my eyes. I picture what it looks like on the back of my eyelids. You could even try counting sheep if that works for you.
- Try using ear plugs and eye masks. Sometimes when I want to nap mid day I use ear plugs to tune everything out. When you use ear plugs it’s also easier to focus on your breathing. Eye masks are also useful for daytime naps and can help prevent you from opening your eyes! (Just make sure you have your alarms set loud, or even set a few)
- Purchase a Fitbit or some type of training watch. I have a Fitbit charge2 and it has a feature that allows you to track how you slept the previous night. That way you can see what does and doesn’t work for your night time routine and how many hours you actually slept. It even tells you when you were in a deep sleep and how long you were awake tossing and turning.
I am no sleep expert and I do know your pillow and mattress also play a big role in your nights rest. Do some research if you’re having trouble, I just thought I’d share my own tips and tricks! Do you have any suggestions? Let me know! Join the conversation and be sure to follow me on all my social media platforms.