This is a Type-A Parent paid post to discuss sleep issues, and to share a new insomnia resource from the National Sleep Foundation.
I’ve recently been having a hard time falling asleep. It’s not for lack of tired, that’s for sure. I’m a taxi driver and food preparer all day not to mention food source for one growing baby. So, tired is something in which I’m very familiar.
Lately, I just can’t fall asleep. I toss, I turn, I move my body pillow, I shove covers off, I pull them on. I.just.can’t.get.comfortable. My mind is racing with all of the things I
need to do want to do.
Wouldn’t it be great to sleep like this?
The thing is, I totally know what I need to be doing to get to that happy and relaxed sleepy place. And, I’ve started doing some of them again, but I haven’t committed all the way.
How to catch that sleep
1. Relaxation Breathing
This breathing really helped me relax during pregnancy and during labor. One slow breath in through the nose for a count of 4, and out for a count of 8 with the mouth relaxed and tongue to the roof of your mouth.
Thirty minutes of exercise everyday (not right before bed) will help with the body’s natural sleep cycle. I have to get back to this. Not just for my sleep, but for my health, too.
3. Noise Machine or Fan
We have three noise machines in our house. The white noise is great for babies, but it also helps adults, too. It blocks out all of the other house noises, or people noises and makes for a nice “quiet” environment.
4. Lavender Essential Oil
The scent of lavender is naturally relaxing. I have lavender oil diffusing in our room and use it in my girls’ rooms as well in the evening to help relax and calm. You can also spray it on your sheets, in your room, or even find laundry detergent with lavender added.
5. Cool, dark room
Have you ever tried to sleep in a brightly lit, hot room? Yeah, it’s pretty impossible. We’ve got our air set much lower than I ever imagined (I’m sure it’s going to cost us a pretty penny). We also have black-out curtains. It’s nice and dark and cool.
6. Stick to the same bedtime and wake up time
Um. Guilty of not following this one. I know, this is the best thing for our bodies and I need to get better. I’m guilty of the “just one more thing” statement at 10:30pm and before I know it, it’s 1:00am!
7. Get off the computer/iPhone/tablet/
Did you know that the light coming from those screens actually activates your brain. This is probably one of the biggest reasons I have a hard time going to bed. I need to break up with my computer and phone earlier in the evening. Is there an app that will shut down my phone after a certain time? Because I might need that!
Obviously, I know what I need to do, so I need to act on it. I’m no good to my family if I’m cranky because I can’t sleep or haven’t slept.
Do you have any tips for nodding off to sleep easier?
Be sure to check out a new resource from the National Sleep Foundation at sleepfoundation.org/insomnia – a good place to start if you think you have insomnia or aren’t sleeping. The National Sleep Foundation is your trusted resource for everything sleep – understanding how sleep works & why it’s important, learning healthy habits, creating a relaxing bedroom & bedtime routine, & finding solutions to your sleep issues.