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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  • jenshinn By jenshinn
    01.12.12  

    I go to bed at about the same time every night and when I cant sleep I count by blessings and thank God for every one of them. I know it sounds corny, but if I stop and think about every good thing in my life, big and small, it calms me and gives me peace!

  • tiffany053p By tiffany053p
    01.12.12  

    Thanks for the tips, i can use them all! Haven't been getting much sleep lately so i will try some of these out! @tiffany053p

  • ultrasoundgal By ultrasoundgal
    01.12.12  

    One tip is to make your bed! The sheets and bedding are more comfortable if it begins the evening neat. I have a hard time sleeping if they are all bunched up or not tucked in properly. I read a study that showed people who make there beds do indeed sleep better. Another thing that helps is taking Melatonin. I do notice a lot more dreaming but that is better than being awake all night!

  • LisaFromMT By LisaFromMT
    01.12.12  

    When I get tired in the evening, I get cold. I find after I wash my face and put on my PJs, I am often shivering. We bought an electric blanket last year, and I turn it on the highest level 1 hour before bedtime. When I climb into my nice warm bed, I instantly relax, and sleep comes quickly. I always turn off the blanket right after I jump in, or I will find myself roasting after a few minutes!

  • dawn30 By dawn30
    01.12.12  

    sleep is hard to come by with four children i take a nice relaxing hot bath before bed and have a nice hot cup of hot coco and cuddle under a nice soft warm blanket and read a good book.

  • mardel By mardel
    01.12.12  

    What I lije to do to be able to go to sleep is turn my aromatherapy candle on while reading a favorite book. This helps me relax and helps me release stress. Thanks

  • ONEHEART58 By ONEHEART58
    01.12.12  

    I could really use that wake-up light. I was initially in the program & then deleted my email invitation. :( Nothing gets me quicker to sleep than reading a good book.

  • brsallee By brsallee
    01.12.12  

    I like to read before I go to bed. It gets my mind off of everything going on and helps me relax.

  • amberlee103 By amberlee103
    01.12.12  

    Lavender Chamomile Bubble Bath by Deep Stee the scent of lavender relaxes me

  • usfbubbles By usfbubbles
    01.12.12  

    I use my daughter's Aveeno Lavendar lotion after my evening shower and it relaxes me. I also have a lavendar infuser by our bed that smells wonderful and even my husband has found it to be calming.

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