Getting a good night’s sleep can play a huge role in healthy living. Yes, it may sound obvious but not enough of us are getting the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep each night. When you factor in things like chronic pain and invisible illnesses, simply falling asleep and then staying asleep can be extremely difficult.
Here are our tips on how to get that sleep you need.
Try establishing a regular routine by setting a “bed time” and waking up at the same time each day. Adding in relaxing activities such as yoga and guided mediation are excellent tools to help your body and mind ease before you get into bed.
A lot of people like “white noise” (fans etc) in the background, but sometimes we don’t realize that these are actually disturbing our sleep. Likewise, those who sleep in silence may be experiencing disruptions in sleep caused by new noise added in the night (trucks going by, loud neighbors, animals outside…) Try playing around with the noise (or lack there of) and see if it helps you achieve a deeper sleep.
Have you moved?
If you have changed from city to rural life or reverse, there are many nighttime noises that change and may be disturbing your sleep. You can add some classical/meditation music to help you fall asleep, but remember to have a timer so that it doesn’t accidentally wake you up later. For those of you who have gone urban – you can get recordings of nature to help you sleep
Make your bedroom JUST a place for sleep. Remove the TV and electronics – even cut reading in bed out if you are having trouble’s falling asleep. This trains your body to recognize a bed as a sleep space and to fall asleep.
You can get laundry soap with lavender and other elements for your bedsheets. You can also try a product like sleep stones- there are many brands and scents. You place them in a small container next to your bed and they help induce sleep and to keep you asleep
Fluffy or Too Fluffy?
Take a look at your mattress and pillows! You can never have too many pillows. Putting one in between the legs can help take pressure off of your knees as well as keep your spine and pelvis in alignment. A good mattress can also make a world of a difference. Yes, they are costly but well worth the investment.
This post was a collaborative effort by Jane and Kim. Because teamwork is awesome.