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5 Tips & 5 Giveaways to Improve Your Sleep

5 Tips & 5 Giveaways to Improve Your Sleep

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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  • buttercup3 By buttercup3
    01.11.12  

    Don't have a TV in your bedroom or read in bed. This way your brain knows exactly what you are doing when you lay down to go to sleep. We watch TV or read in the living room before going to bed. I never have trouble falling asleep. I usually fall asleep within a minute or two after laying down. Although it doesn't hurt that I have 3 kids and am exhausted by the time I get to bed :)

  • DJJME501 By DJJME501
    01.11.12  

    Chamomile tea and a good book work fantastic!!! I'm out within 30 minutes and stay that way until my alarm goes off :)

  • karentransue By karentransue
    01.11.12  

    I found this product in the natural food section called calms, its all natural and really helps you easily fall asleep and wake up rested!

  • tiabeverly By tiabeverly
    01.11.12  

    DOING A NICE LONG STRETCH BEFORE BED ALWASY GETS ME RELAXED

  • BOWLOFHONEY By BOWLOFHONEY
    01.11.12  

    Sleeping is very hard for me. I have 3 kids and more than likely one of them will wake me up during the night. I am luck to get 5 hours of sleep every night. Falling asleep is hard as well. What helps me to relax before I go to sleep is sewing or watching a movie by myself while everyone else is asleep. Just having my alone time helps me sleep.

  • frakmomma04 By frakmomma04
    01.11.12  

    What I do to get a good's night sleep is start to wind everyone down. I dim the lights which helps the kids settle down. I run a warm bath and use calming scents like lavender and chamomile. Then I get all my kids tucked in and read to them until they fall asleep which is like 10 minutes after their bathes. Then after they are sleep, I take a nice long hot shower and my body relaxes. About 15 minutes after that, I'm fast asleep!

  • RocketsGirl By RocketsGirl
    01.11.12  

    Try a kettlebell workout! If you haven't seen a kettlebell, here's a little info: it's a dumbbell shaped like a kettle. The idea of the shape is to engage your core in every move while you use this weight. It burns a phenomenal 20 calories per MINUTE! I'm in my late 40's and in moderate shape. When i workout with this thing, i ALWAYS get a good night's sleep! Sleep tight!

  • dovefiend By dovefiend
    01.11.12  

    Anything that helps me sleep is a blessing. I have found that turning off the computer and tv approximatelt 30 min before bed seems to help a bit. That also helps to get me in the right frame of mind for the day ahead.

  • TRasmusan By TRasmusan
    01.11.12  

    I enjoy sleep but I find it hard to get a good sleep. I try to get 8hrs a night. I like to warm up my bed with a heated blanket. I turn on the blanket while brushing my teeth, etc. Then I jump in to a nice warm bed.

  • jygriebel By jygriebel
    01.11.12  

    I recommend taking a bath and reading before going to sleep if you have trouble falling asleep like me! But make sure the water is not too hot, I' have found that it stimulates me and wakes me up if the water is too hot. Also I leave a fan on to drown out noises because I am a light sleeper.

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