We all want a great night’s sleep but these days it seems hard to come by for so many of us. The stress of life, the year 2020 (right?), running on caffeine, work, and busy family life, it can sap the energy right out of us. We get in bed tired but just lie there wondering why we can’t fall asleep. Here are a few things that may help.
Stop caffeine. I knew you wouldn’t like this one; who would? I have to admit I’m a caffeine junkie. I love coffee and unsweetened iced tea just seem to be my soul mates, and if I’m not careful most of my day goes by and I realize I’ve only had liquids with caffeine. We don’t have to give it up, but we can limit our intake. Try to be done consuming caffeinated drinks by noon so your body can flush it out and you can sleep better.
Take a warm bath 1 hour before bed. I do this at least 4 nights a week. A bath can help you go to sleep faster as it lowers your body temperature which then signals your brain that it’s time to sleep. Try adding lavender essential oil and 1 cup of Epsom salts to promote relaxation. A warm bath also promotes more restful sleep rather than your usual tossing or turning.
Shut off the electronics after dinner. This is another hard one to do but electronics stimulate the brain. Even watching TV can be a problem for some. And keep cell phones in another room; we don’t allow phones in our bedroom at all. If you need an alarm to get up buy an alarm clock. I purchased this one and it dims so it’s completely dark.
How about a nice warm cup of chamomile tea? Try it for a few nights a week and see how you feel. And a little honey in your tea can help you sleep too; as honey slightly raises insulin which triggers tryptophan and helps you zzzz.
I’m sensitive to light of any kind at night so I wear a sleep mask and have even put up room darkening curtains. My mask is so soft and comfortable that I forget it’s on me!
If none of this helps, get your adrenals checked. In 2016 I found myself so tired that I had a hard time functioning even after 8-9 hours of sleep. I would wake up, have coffee, sit in a chair, and try to find the energy to get up and do something. Finally, I went to the doctor and he tested me for Adrenal Fatigue. I did test positive and he put me on a wellness plan to heal my adrenals through food and vitamins. I am happy to say my adrenals did get better and sleep came easier to me.
Give these a try. Let’s not live sleep-deprived any longer. Sweet dreams!