Having trouble sleeping? Try these simple, natural tips for a better night’s sleep…
It’s no secret that not getting enough sleep can make you grouchy, grumpy, short-tempered, and a general pain to be around! And you may not even be aware of it as sleep deprivation can make you foggy-headed and unable to focus as well.
Millions of adults either have trouble sleeping or staying asleep once they are in bed. If you have spent hours lying in bed waiting to fall asleep, you know just how awful it can be. The good news is, there are things you can do to improve your sleep and make sure you get the rest you need.
Here are 3 proven tips to give you a better night’s sleep.
1. Establish a Routine
Sometimes establishing a routine is the best way to get to sleep easily every night. This means going to bed at the same time every single night and waking up at the same time. Even going to bed a couple of hours past your bedtime can make a huge difference in how much sleep you can get. Try not to stay up late, or sleep in on the weekends, as this can throw off your routine, and make it harder to get to sleep when the new workweek starts.
2. Take the TV, Screens & Even Books Out of Your Bedroom
Use the bedroom to sleep in and nothing else. Sometimes you can train your brain to do other activities such as looking at social media on your phone or laptop, or reading a book right before bed. While it may seem like these relaxing activities can help you wind down, in reality, this can actually harm your ability to go to sleep on time. Even reading an interesting story can actually stimulate the brain, rather than allowing it to calm down and drift off into dreamland. And many studies now show that bright screens create glare that stimulates your brain waves and prevents you from falling asleep.
3. Try Essential Oils
Sometimes something as simple as a smell can actually help you relax and go to sleep. Essential oils are made from plant essence and many of these natural scents can help release stress and calm the mind, and lead to a better night’s sleep.
There are several different ways to use essential oils. You can use them topically and rub into your skin with a carrier oil, you can inhale it with a diffuser in your bedroom, or add a few drops to your bath water.
Taking a bath before bed will also help relax you, so you’ll get double the benefits with this method.
Not sure which essential oils will help you sleep? Check out this blog post for some ideas.
Getting enough sleep is essential for good health, so if you are still having trouble after trying these tips, you may want to consult a doctor and see if you can get to the root of the problem.