Four Important Tips For Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Until recently I did not realize the importance of a good night’s sleep for natural stress relief.   I knew sleep is important, but I did not know that sleep deprivation can exacerbate stress.  So part of my stress reduction solution was to learn how to combat sleep deprivation and insomnia effectively.  Here are four important few tips I discovered.

Avoid Sugar

It’s amazing how much damage sugar does to the body.   Eating food or drinks that are high in sugar can get you agitated and make sleeping a lot more difficult.  Try to eliminate sugar from your diet as much as possible.   I now drink lots of herbal teas without sugar.  I cut down on snacks and sugary treats significantly and prefer to snack on fruits.

Unwind Before Bedtime

We all live hectic lives and can be pretty wound up by the end of the day.  It’s important to try to wind down before going to bed.  I usually read a book.  If that does not appeal to you, perhaps you can engage in a stress reducing hobby for a few minutes before bedtime, such as cross word puzzles, scrap booking, journaling, or knitting.  The key is to do something that you find relaxing.

Create a Soothing Ambiance in the Bedroom

In order to induce sleep, you need to make your bedroom a peaceful place.  Get rid of any electronic gadgets with bright display lights.   Pull out your aromatherapy kit and diffuse some relaxing and soothing scents in to the air. Lavender works wonders for inducing sleep and relaxation.   Play some soothing music to clam your mind and spirit in preparation for a good night’s rest.  You can also use a sound oasis sound therapy system to help you fall asleep fast.

Go To Bed at the Same Time Every Night

Your body is a well oiled machine that works best when it is set to a healthy pattern of activities.  This is especially true when it comes to your sleep patterns.  You need to try to get to bed at the same time every night so you get in the pattern of good sleep.  You should always make sure that you get to sleep before midnight, preferably by ten PM each night.  That way you can get a full eight hours sleep and wake up fresh and revitalized at six AM the next morning.

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About Darlene

Darlene is passionate and enthusiastic about helping women simplify their lives, develop stress resilience, regain balance, and find happiness, despite the personal storms life throws at them. She has published a popular series of stress management books which focus on simple, practical and healthy stress relief strategies, as well as provide FREE resources and services that help women become more stress-resilient.

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