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We’re almost to the weekend everyone! How’s everyone doing!? This week has been busy but I feel like it was the most “on top” of blogging I’ve ever been! I’m sure I am not the only one who has some trouble sleeping at night. Have you ever seen the meme that says, “going to bed” and then a few hours later it says, “time to solve the JonBenet Ramsey case.” I swear that’s me. Especially after my nights of working on my blog, I have a hard time falling asleep, my brain doesn’t seem to “shut off”. Since I’ve started to wake up early in the morning to work on my blog and social media I’ve found a greater need to fall asleep on time each night. I’ve found things that work for me and I’m hoping I can help you sleep better at night!
- Create your ideal sleeping space. Okay, that may sound odd but think about it, are you easily disrupted by a light coming from a TV, a bright alarm clock, or lights from the street? Blackout curtains help block out any light, whether it’s from a neighbors house lights or street lights that’ll beam in, the curtains will eliminate that. I know CA has a hard time staying asleep if the TV is on, but I can’t fall asleep in total silence, so we’ve compromised with the TV being on a timer that’ll go off around 10:30 every night. If you run a blog or work from home, make sure you don’t work from bed. Keep work and your bedroom separate, this will also make you keep the phone down from checking emails. I’ve also heard people talk about weighted blankets and how that helps them feel secure at night.
- Expend your energy throughout the day. Whether it’s from working out, working a full day, moving your body with the kids, anything. But, don’t nap! I love naps as much as the next person but I know if I am not doing something that’ll use up the energy from when I wake up, I won’t be sleeping well that night. With my new waking up schedule, I wake up around 5-5:30 to work on my blog, workout around 6:30-7, and then go to work. When I come home I eat/make dinner, watch some TV, maybe work some more, and then around 8:30 I like to start to unwind and head to bed.
- Meditate or Yoga to relax your body and release all the stress of the day, week, or month from your body. I’ll admit I am not the best at yoga, but I will try and do things that are best for my mind and body. I also like to meditate, it helps me relax since I do carry a lot of tension and tend to be extremely anxious about everything. If I’m really stressed or upset, I pray, for the stress to be released and for me to be less anxious. Whether it’s just breathing exercises, a nighttime yoga video, or praying, find something that will help relax and let you breathe out the day.
- Decrease screen time close to bedtime. With the technology age, it can be hard to keep away from our phones and tablets, and even the TV. The blue light that phones, TVs, and tablets give off can trick your mind into thinking it’s day time and it’ll assume it’s not time to sleep. You can put the nighttime mode on your iPhone, iPad or iMac. You can program the device to a certain time or you can do it yourself. I usually make sure I’m off my laptop an hour before I want to sleep and at least 30 minutes off my phone.
- Drink Tea that’ll promote relaxation. I’ll admit I was never a big tea drinker, I’ve drunk it when I was sick from time to time but never before bed. I’ve been trying Celestial Tea Wellness, that helps promote relaxation and are caffeine free. They have three different Sleepytime teas: Sleepytime Extra, Sleepytime Detox & Sleepytime Sinus Soother. All three are caffeine and gluten free, they don’t contain any artificial flavors, colors or artificial preservatives. Sleepytime Extra with calming valerian promotes relaxation. Sleepytime Detox with aloe, green rooibos, and dandelion root promotes natural cleansing. Last, but not least, Sleepytime Sinus Soother with soothing tulsi and nettle promotes respiratory comfort, uplifting menthol aroma, and flavor. Celestial Tea doesn’t just have the Wellness tea it has a large assortment of flavors that include Peppermint!
I discovered Celestial Tea last year in Walmart, my mom was looking for new tea at work and after hearing my friend Chelsea talk about it I wanted to give it a try myself. (Chelsea also designed my blog- you need a new look? Check her out here) We took home the variety box Herbal Tea Variety, and I loved to see that the tea bags don’t have a string and they come in recycled boxes! I loved that I was able to get 4 boxes of Celestial Tea for under $15 from Walmart!
What helps you sleep at night? Do you meditate or have you cut your screen time before bed? Any other tricks that may help me or someone else let me know!