Do you ever have trouble sleeping? I do, especially since hitting perimenopause. I am thrilled to have had a great night’s sleep last night, but this, unfortunately, is an exception.
When you don’t get enough sleep you can be sluggish and cranky the next day. This doesn’t exactly help you look or feel more confident!
So, how can you help yourself to sleep better? Here are a few tricks that might make a difference.
Unplug to Sleep Well
In our highly connected world, one of the best ways to ensure that you sleep well at night is to unplug well before bedtime. Stop texting on your phone, surfing the internet, and watching television.
The light from these devices over-stimulates your brain and can keep you awake at night. When it’s time to power down, do something relaxing that doesn’t involve light shining directly into your eyes. Read a book, take a bath, or cuddle with your spouse.
Avoid Caffeine to Sleep Well
Caffeine can also be a hindrance to sleeping well. There are two ways that this happens. For some people, caffeine makes it difficult to fall asleep initially. For others, caffeine limits sleep by causing them to awaken too soon, leaving them frustrated and sleep-deprived.
Of course, there are those enviable folks who can drink all the coffee and tea they want without any repercussions at all. The rest of us are jealous!
Develop Good Habits to Sleep Well
Another great way to sleep better is to develop a good pre-sleep routine.
Think of the things you like to do that are calming.
- Write in a journal. This can be a great way to unload your mind and relax at the end of the day.
- Prepare your clothes for the next morning.
- Do a little reading.
- Spend some time in prayer or meditation.
- Soak in the bathtub.
Doing things like this every night helps train your mind and body to start winding down. When you add the normal pre-bed routine of washing, brushing teeth, etc., your body gets accustomed to adding “fall asleep” to the list.
I am a big fan of building better habits. Maybe it’s just my personality, but I find that cultivating good habits and routines in the everyday activities of life frees me to be a more productive and creative person.
In any case, having an evening routine that helps you get a good sleep is well worth it.
Begin to rebuild your life by building the good habits that encourage a sound sleep. You will certainly look and feel more confident and energized when you are well rested.
Develop an evening routine that helps you get a good sleep. Read a book, take a bath, or cuddle with your spouse.