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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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  • emmekay By emmekay
    01.11.12  

    I have had years of managing my sleep as I tend to be a very light sleeper. I use an air purifier next to my bed because it provides the perfect white noise. If my husband is snoring or coughing, I just turn it up! I have also discovered that my pillow needs have changed over the years. Currently I use a memory foam pillow that is concave in the center. It does really help to sleep in a cool room. I have no problem with this in the winter, but it is too expensive to keep my house/room cool enough in the Texas summer.

  • aleverin By aleverin
    01.11.12  

    My baby is now 3 months old and sleep is hard to come by, getting up every 4 hours to feed him. I keep a humidifier running in my room. Not only does this keep my sinuses clear, it also has a steady hum that helps put me back to sleep.

  • Maureenbme By Maureenbme
    01.11.12  

    I find making a list of all the things i got done during the day and then a list of the things I need to do the next day helps relax by letting me see what i have accomplished and then not having to worry all night that i might forget something i need to do the next day. then I think about at least one thing good I did that day even if it was as simple as making a favorite dish for dinner or or making sure i said thank you whenever it was needed that day

  • marvin_1 By marvin_1
    01.11.12  

    I have a hard time going to sleep, I am an incredibly restless sleeper, and I have a hard time waking up in the morning. I have tried all your suggestions, and I have tried everything else I can think about. In general, I have a hard time relaxing...even throughout the day. I'm still on the search for the answer to my problems. Maybe one day I'll figure it out!

  • mfk712 By mfk712
    01.11.12  

    I try not to have anything heavy to eat late at night and go to bed at the same time every night!

  • laclay By laclay
    01.11.12  

    I have found Melatonin ( a natural supplement-found at Sam's,300 capsules for under $7) has helped me. Also if I worry about not being able to sleep it makes it worse.

  • skeep84 By skeep84
    01.11.12  

    A nice, clean set of flannel sheets has been doing the trick for me this winter. I also enjoy Bath & Body Works' Lavender Chamomile products such as the candle and pillow mist.

  • irelandsunshine By irelandsunshine
    01.11.12  

    I enjoy taking a nice warm bath with Lavender Vanilla bubble bath. Also, I love to use the same Lavender lotion after bath. The smell alone relaxes me and prepares me for a great night sleep.

  • SFirek By SFirek
    01.11.12  

    I have a hard time going to sleep & staying asleep. I am that one that will stay up watching tv...generally I sleep thru that. But once I turn it off I'm wide awake. So, if I put something on that I don't care about missing I have no issues falling asleep.

  • Elysia By Elysia
    01.11.12  

    I have been caffeine-free since 2005 and it makes a huge difference! I never have any problems sleeping (well, except that one time I had two White Russians made with Starbucks liqueur, which is super high in caffeine content compared to Kahlua!) Other things that make my nights restful: organic bamboo sheets from Target, which I LOVE. They are so soft. Unfortunately this means they wear out faster than normal sheets, so I've already had to patch a couple holes. I love them so much that it's worth the extra effort to me! Also I love to fall asleep to the gentle bubbling sound of my humidifier. Oh, and most importantly - 2 cats sleeping on top of me! They force me to still my body, and I fall asleep instantly.

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