Sleep Hygiene: The Key To Sweet Dreams
Posted on November 01, 2015 by 53989290 | 0 comments
Daylight savings time has begun. As I glance out the window, the sun has already said "Au revoir". It is only 5:45 PM Central Time and already feeling the angst of change and the little stressors that come along. Are you having any challenges? Having the opportunity to speak with my youngest son today, he shared how he was having difficulty quieting his mind and falling asleep. Experiencing his first semester of post-graduate studies and feeling like he is finally adjusting to the demands of the required schedule of school, work and paying his own way. But his sleep or lack of, is causing havoc. Going into assessment mode is second nature for me, taking a mental checklist as we chatted about our lives. Sharing some options he could easily implement into his routine that may help with his sleep issues. Are you sleeping ok? Recent surveys and research report that 48% of Americans do not get enough sleep. Proper sleep hygiene is an important factor and these little changes may help secure your peaceful dreams.
- Keep your bedroom cool and dark; your body will rest better.
- Turn off the computer, television, etc., at least 1 hour prior to bedtime to help quiet the mind.
- Need to remember something important the next day? Write yourself a note and place it where you will see it in the morning.
- Decrease the amount of caffeine consumed throughout the day; drink more water to keep yourself hydrated.
- Try an herbal tea such as Chamomile to help you slumber.
- Take a soak using herbal bath salts to help relieve any muscular tension.
- Spritz your bed linens & pillows with lavender essential oil spray or another calming blend.
- Exercise earlier in the day if possible.
- Avoid taking long naps during the day. If you need a power nap, no more than 20 minutes is recommended.