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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!

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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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  • dawna0123 By dawna0123
    01.11.12  

    Our sleep number mattress improved our quality and quantity of sleep. It is a great product.

  • Hockeygem17 By Hockeygem17
    01.11.12  

    I have a hard time shutting off my brain at night. So I have to do my best to get a good night sleep, most of the time I make sure to have the temp in my room on the cool side, I go to bed at least 30 mins prior to when I'd like to actually sleep, I wash my face, I don't ever watch TV in my bedroom (unless I'm sick and can't get out of bed) I always read before bed and listen to music with no words, classical or subliminal tapes so that I'm relaxed. If I'm tossing and turning I may take quietude from Boiron it's a homeopathic remedy for sleeplessness. It helps me. But for the most part I try to keep my bedroom limited to sleeping.

  • arobimom By arobimom
    01.11.12  

    Believe it or not, cold feet keep me up. If I wear a nice cozy, warm pair to bed I actually sleep better.

  • morgana84 By morgana84
    01.11.12  

    The best way for me to get sleepy is by turning off all the lights, but I also like to read a little before bedtime. I got a Kindle Fire for Christmas and this accommodates both needs SO WELL!! I can turn off all the lights, lay in bed, and turn the brightness down on my Kindle while I read until I'm sleepy. Perfect :-)

  • minky4 By minky4
    01.11.12  

    I've always had a problem with sleep. Unfortunately, late night seems to be my most productive time of day. My brain races with thoughts and ideas and it's hard to shut it down. Once sleep finally blesses me I sleep fitfully until I try to drag myself out of bed in the morning. Fortunately, I've been able to test the Phillips Wake Up Light for SheSpeaks and have been so impressed with its effectiveness at a gentle wake up. Lately, I've been trying to go to bed at the same time every night and allowing myself 15 minutes to read my book and then lights out. If I lay there for longer than 20 minutes without falling asleep I will turn the light back on and read for 15 more minutes. Sometimes I don't even last that long. I'm hoping to get my sleep back on track because no one can dispute the healthy effects of a good night sleep.

  • joypea By joypea
    01.11.12  

    I really think that exercising is key to getting a good night's sleep. I find that getting a good workout in and then showering with some lavender body wash from Bath and Body Works and then curling up with a good book really helps me relax and get that restful sleep I need. Usually by the 2nd or 3rd page of the book I am already struggling to keep my eyes open.

  • carlsbadmom By carlsbadmom
    01.11.12  

    I, too, am very busy throughout the day and usually don't have a problem sleeping. But on those rare occasions, I like to brew myself a cup of Bedtime Tea from Trader Joe's and I sip on it about 30 minutes before I want to go to sleep. Works like a charm every time, it's all natural, and it makes me feel like I am really taking time out for (wait for it......) ME! I hightly recommend it. Sweet dreams!!

  • cmerino By cmerino
    01.11.12  

    I take work-related reading materials home and at 9pm, fill the tub with Johnson's Bedtime Bath and soak while I read. sometimes I have a glass of wine, too. always soothing and relaxing.

  • neversleep By neversleep
    01.11.12  

    I used to have so many problems getting comfortable at night, back and neck aches would keep me tossing and turning. Then I bought a buckwheat hull pillow and it has made such a difference for me! I have a smaller version for travel too, I can't sleep on anything else!

  • TankaWanka By TankaWanka
    01.11.12  

    My favorite thing about my sleep routine is my bed. A few years ago we purchased a mattress from Bedinthebox.com, and since then, I have been sleeping very well and no aches and pains in my back and shoulders like I had before.

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