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5 Tips & 5 Giveaways to Improve Your Sleep

SheSpeaksTeam By SheSpeaksTeam 01.10.12
5 Tips & 5 Giveaways to Improve Your Sleep
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Boost your mood, improve your resolve and regulate your eating habits with some extra zzz's. 

Do you pay attention to how much sleep you get each night or do you sometimes cheat yourself from valuable sleep time?  Sleep is not just vital for regular functions it's also important to help us with stress management and reducing daytime fatigue. 

If you gave yourself some new diet and fitness resolutions this year or you're working to cut back or quit a habit, you should include extra sleep in your plan.  It will help improve your mood when you are feeling deprived and increase your resolve to meet that goal.  Many people make bad food choices when they are tired.  Do you want to be sharp and full of energy every day?  Well, it may be easier to achieve than you may think.  How you feel while you are awake, greatly depends on how you sleep.

If you struggle to get a good night of sleep you are not alone.  Some people find it difficult to sleep through the night without at least one bout of restlessness or running to the bathroom. Others find it difficult to fall asleep or wake up in the morning.  According to a recent SheSpeaks poll 62.8% of you said you sleep poorly during these days of shorter daylight. 17.5% reported having continuous sleep problems. Many of the problems that make it difficult to sleep are emotional or environmental. Reducing these factors will help your ability to sleep through the night.

Some simple sleep strategies can be essential for a deep sleep. Here are our five sleep-promoting techniques to enhance the quality of sleep you get:

  1. Keep a regular sleep schedule: Go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every day.
  2. Create a relaxing bedtime routine: Keep noise down with a sound machine or fan and keep your room slightly cool (around around 65° F).
  3. Exercise regularly: 30mins of activity anytime during the day will help you sleep more deeply. You can also do stretches before bed.
  4. Eat right: Avoid large meals at night, cut down on caffeine after lunch, and refrain from drinking alcohol before bed. Alcohol will create a restless sleep waking you up 4-5hours in. If you want a light snack around bedtime aim for a low-sugar cereal, granola or banana.
  5. Read at bedtime: Watching TV before bed stimulates your brain and therefore wakes you up. Reading a book is both non-stimulating and will keep you out of your head, helping you avoid stressing and planning the next day.

Most importantly, remember to make sleep a priority. Instead of cutting back on it for other tasks you have to complete, schedule it on your list. Having a good night rest will lay the foundation for a more productive, creative day.

Do you have certain products you use to help relax and get comfortable for a good night's sleep, maybe a clock, or super soft bedding, a favorite bath product or a good book?  Whatever you use to get ready for bed we'd like to hear your recommendations.

If you share your reviews and recommendations this week you'll be entered for a chance to win one of our giveaway prizes. Submit your favorite sleep, slumber or relaxation product to SheSpeaks Reviews OR add a comment to this blog post by 6pm EST on January 16th, 2011. You can enter a review AND a comment and you will have two entries to win!



Philips Wake-up Light

S2H STEP Pedometer (3 winners)

Lavender Chamomile Bubble
Bath by Deep Steep


The contest starts January 10, 2012 and ends January 16, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. Must be a US resident. No purchase necessary.


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  • kristiniskickin By kristiniskickin

    I can only sleep if I have a fan on. I love the soft noise.

  • CinnyBBS By CinnyBBS

    I like to lie in bed and watch/listen to my favorite shows that kind of lull me to sleep.

  • pricousins By pricousins

    Work tends to keep me up at night - I get in bed, tired as anything - and I can't sleep thinking about all the things I have to do at work the next day.

  • dawnhawley By dawnhawley

    Years ago a read about a sleep study that had been done in Norway (I think...) Anyway, in the study they found that people who wear socks to bed sleep more deeply than those who don't. I tested the idea for myself and found that I wake up less when I am wearing socks and that I fall asleep more quickly.

  • Painteddaisey1 By Painteddaisey1

    I have trouble sleeping and dislike the use of medicines to help me sleep . I love the fragrance of lavender and mist my clean pillow case with it and always use lavender scent in my bath water , it relaxes me and I drift off to a good , restful sleep .

  • MyGirlPebbles By MyGirlPebbles

    I've been suffering from insomnia for years due to chronic pain. It's become increasingly worse since I'm now in perimenopause. I've tried prescription sleep aids but don't like how they make me feel (i.e., waking up with a headache the next morning, that "hungover" feeling the next day, and the worst was when I was sleep-eating). I'm now going the natural route and takie Melatonin and Valerian Root supplements. I also limit my caffeine intake to only one cup of coffee in the morning. I still have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep and look forward to reading other's comments on this blog for some tips. As you can see, I'm posting this comment at 1:25 AM when I should be sleeping but after tossing and turning for over two hours, I got up, started a load of laundry and came online. Ironically, I found this email "5 Tips and 5 Giveaways To Improve Your Sleep". Thanks!

  • lisas4 By lisas4

    I agree with shutting the TV and Computer off a while before bedtime. I also turn all the lights off except my table lamp and sit by the fire which is so relaxing to me, then I look forward to slipping into my bed with my new fleece sheets and heated mattress pad cover and it is a little slice of heaven and definitely something I look forward to.

  • PearlMom By PearlMom

    I really find a cool pillow helps as to me nothing is worse than feeling hot when you sleep. The Sleep Number store has pillows and/or covers that help to keep your pillow cool and it's on my wish list!

  • aopstad By aopstad

    I have a hard time falling asleep on a good day. I have been going through a very stressful time, and find it even more difficult! I will be following some of these suggestions. I do find nice soft sheets help, as does a body pillow. I unwind with a bath, a book and a cup of tea.

  • jaxgma By jaxgma

    Reading helps me fall asleep sometimes, but I could use more help!

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