Monday, March 4, 2013

10 Ways to sleep Better Tonight

Getting a good night sleep is vitally important to our mental and physical health! 

Let's talk about sleep. I mean who doesn't love it?

These are my secrets to resting soundly:

1. Use a fluffy pillow - I used to hate big fluffy pillows. I wanted it small and flat, weird I know. But once I switched to the fluffy kind, I sleep so much better! I have to admit it took me a few nights to get used to it, but give it a chance.

2. Lavender - Bath & Body works has an aromatherapy spray that is lavender and it smells so so good. You just spray your pillow and sheets with it, let it dry and hop into bed. This scent helps you to relax and get a deeper sleep.

3. Keep it cool - Crack a window in the summer and turn down the heat in the winter at night time. The cooler temperatures allow your mind to go to a deeper sleep. I actually sleep in shorts in the winter time too! And I cover my vent half way. I seriously like it that cold at night!

4. Turn off all electronics at least 30 minutes before falling asleep. 
TV is a stimulant which keeps your mind busy and makes it harder to wind down.

5. Read - At least for me reading makes me sleepy. It is the only chance I get to read.

6. If you are religious, then you can do your "PJ's". 
When I was in Young Women's we were taught to do our "PJS" after putting on our pj's.
This stands for:
 P= Pray 
J= Journal 
S= Study scriptures

I made you a cute handout to remember to do your "PJS"! Hang it on a wall by your bed.

Perfect as a Young Women's PJS printable.

(Journaling will help you get all your thoughts out on paper so they are not weighing down your mind and you can go back to it in the morning if needed)

7. Keep paper by your bed - Any thoughts that come to your mind that keep you thinking at night WRITE THEM DOWN! This will clear your mind and help you focus on sleep instead of whatever is keeping you awake. Paper & a pen are your best friend for an empty peaceful mind.

8. Meditate and Yoga - I sometimes will roll out my yoga mat at night and do a few poses to help me wind down from the day.

9. Listen to peaceful music - My favorite song to listen to is one called "sleep" by Mindy Gledhill. It is on the TREK cd (a nashville tribute to the pioneers). 
(I can't find it on youtube or I would of posted the link.)

 My other favorites is anything by Norah Jones, I love listening to her at night time. 

Music can help you to feel peaceful and relaxed! :)

10. Create a pattern - Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up every morning at the same time. Routines help your body know what is coming and puts your mind at ease.

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