Tuesday, June 19, 2018

5 Ways to Get Better Sleep

I've never had any problems sleeping until I had my babies. But as my babies have been growing and developing their own sleeping patterns, it's showed me just how messed up my sleeping pattens have been these past 2 years. It was a combination of being a new mom and all the different changes in my life, where I felt like I was just in survival mode, haha! Definitely not the best mode for a woman that cherishes her sleep ;) I'm not a sleep expert, but I have to share what worked for me because since I've implemented these changes, I haven't had any of those sleeping problems I used to have. So, here it goes :) 

1. Have a routine: Having a sleep routine not only works for babies, but for adults too. Being consistent with the routine you choose to set is crucial. Try to have a few steps before bed (more than 2 steps) that you can do to help your body be aware of the transition to get ready for sleep. Try your best to do this as consistently as you can for a least 1 year (I know that seems ridiculously long but habits don't really stick until you've done them over 300 times), and if it's something you can successfully implement you'll see significant the changes after that year. It started becoming a natural habit for me after about 6 months. 
2. Exercise: This is huge. The day's I've have the worst or lack of sleep are days that I have no physical activity. Try to aim for at least 30 mins of activity a day. On my really busy days I try to to do at least a 20 min walk & then a deep clean in my house for at least 10 mins... because cleaning can really work up a sweat. haha!
3. Set a bedtime: We have an hour range for bed time. Obviously, this step is contingent on your schedule. Maybe some of you can have a 30 min window and others will have a 2 hour window. Just make sure you make it a realistic goal for you. 
4. Sleep away from electronics: I make sure to place all my chargers in my bathroom before I got to bed. I usually aim for at least 15 mins before bed, I'm working up to 30 mins before bed. This has been big for me too, the fact that everything gets shut off at a certain time helps me be consistent with my bedtime. 
5. Avoid eating at least an hour before bed: Having a light late night snack can help sometimes with cravings, but try not to make it a habit. It takes longer for your food to digest at night so sometimes it can keep you longer.

I hope these tips can serve you in having healthier and happier sleep habits! Thank you for reading! 


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