I participated in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central for Pernix Therapeutics. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Sleep. Did you get any last night?
I tossed and turned, however, this time it wasn’t really due to my insomnia – it was because I’m fighting this nagging cold, and the cough that lingers is a nasty one. Let me tell ya.
Last month we talked a little bit about insomnia. The statistics I shared in my blog post were CRAZY! I still cannot wrap my head around the fact that 72% of Americans are missing out on 470 hours of sleep a year. WHAT?! I’m definitely one of them…are you?
There are some great sleep strategies that can encourage a restful night’s sleep and I’m going to share them here with you. I’m going to be doing these WITH you and we’ll be talking about how they worked for us in an upcoming post.
Get Active Early: We can get a good night’s sleep by exercising early in the day. Yes! Exercising early can strengthen our circadian rhythm, which helps to bring on sleepiness at night!
Get Comfy: Let’s tell our body 2 hours before bedtime that it’s time to wind down. Let’s do some relaxing activities like taking a warm lavendar soak/bath, even with some Epsom salt. Ahhhhhh. Just typing those words almost made me yawn.
Sign Off: Let’s quit lurking on Facebook and Pinterest and other social media an hour before bed. Did you know that the LED lights from our phones and other devices send signals to your brain, keeping it wired and awake?! Opt for a book, devotional or some relaxing music.
Go dark: Block out the light! When it’s dark and quiet, sleepiness naturally sets in. Lights during the night can send messages to our brain telling us to “wake up” before we’ve even had the chance to go to bed!
I know some of these sound SO un-doable. I really do. I’m a Facebook lurker, and I check my email with every “ding” my phone makes. It makes me nervous and gives me a bit of anxiety – but I know that how I feel in the morning is more important than seeing how many people liked the pic of the yummy hummus I just posted on Facebook. Seriously!
More than anything, I look forward to those lavendar/espom salt bath soaks. Yes ma’am! If you’ve never tried it, do it. You will thank me. If you have some lavendar essential oil, put a dab on each wrist too or spritz some on your pillowcase. It’s heavenly!
Use these strategies for yourself and then soon, I’ll be writing up another post and we’ll see how these sleep strategies are working for us. Sound like a deal? Sleep well tonight, friends!
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