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!

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 Prizes:



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.

GOOD LUCK!

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  • HeidisMama By HeidisMama
    01.12.12  

    On a night when it's more difficult for me to sleep, I like to soak in a hot bath with a great book, then putting on some relaxing music before I crawl into bed.

  • OhSewMe By OhSewMe
    01.12.12  

    I love to listen to my favorite podcasts while crocheting or knitting. Sometimes I'll just do some reading. But, when I'm done, I ALWAYS snuggle under my covers, with a fluffy pillow and a contour pillow, and have a great night's sleep on my Tempurpedic bed, .... I also have a fluffy down mattress topper that makes it feel like sleeping on clouds....I never want to get up....sooo comfy!!

  • boisebean By boisebean
    01.12.12  

    Great recommendations. I struggle to fall asleep and to stay asleep through the night. I read before bed and use a fan for white noise, but I think that the stress I have in my life right now is just soo much that even the things I try to do are not working very well. :(

  • LisaAL By LisaAL
    01.12.12  

    I have severe insomnia. Honestly, I would love to try a product that will help me stay asleep. Falling asleep hasn't been my issue, it's all the times in the middle of the night that I'm wide awake that I'm having a hard time with. My son was diagnosed with Circadian Rhythm Sleep Phase Disorder. He has a very difficult time getting up in the mornings for college because his sleep is constantly interrupted. I'm curious about the Philips Wake-up Light and if it would help either or both of us.

  • marypopin By marypopin
    01.12.12  

    I use a fan for the white noise and I read at bedtme. I get so relaxed sometimes that I wake myself up when I drop my book. I then turn out my bedside light and snooze away.

  • mlgewecke By mlgewecke
    01.12.12  

    Along with the other tips noted, I find that if I avoid eating at all after 8 pm and only drink water, it makes a positive difference in how quickly I get to sleep.

  • satrntgr By satrntgr
    01.12.12  

    Great tips - I sure wish I could read at bedtime, but I'm so bad at staying up late and not getting enough sleep if I do that. My husband does though. He can read a few pages and then he's out - LUCKY!!

  • momof4allages By momof4allages
    01.12.12  

    Working nights and havein 4 kids the youngest 10 months I know how hard sleep.is to come back. For us we just eat after the older ones go to school then come home and get a nice blankie and snuggle down together for a oh so loving 4-5 hr sleep then when daddy gets home I sleep in a cool dark room for a while till dinner and work.

  • sassygirl66 By sassygirl66
    01.12.12  

    I like to drink a nice cup of hot tea and read a book, Then get under my electric blanket and fall asleep!

  • taletreader By taletreader
    01.12.12  

    The thing is to figure out sleep hygiene that works for you, and GO BY IT. A lot of people are like, "Oh, I know I shouldn't be using my laptop right before I go to bed BUT..." No, stick to what the experts say! Also, if sleep hygiene doesn't work for you and you're thinking about prescription medicine, I'd suggest trying the natural Melatonin first.

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