Friday, April 17, 2015

sleep better | be better

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Ever since we moved into our home our goal has been to simplify and minimize so that we could live better, sleep better, and therefore we could become the best versions of ourselves. It isn't a perfect process, but I know for me that having too much stuff/clutter was giving me anxiety and was really the source of a lot of stress and sleepless nights. Possessions started to make me overwhelmed and less restful. So it is kind of fun that TYLENOL® PM came to me, and asked me to share some thoughts on a better night's sleep, right when we are in the midst of designing our bedroom. In our new room our goal has been to create a peaceful place that is a little safe haven from the kids and just a more peaceful atmosphere. Who doesn't want to wake up fresh and ready to face the day - especially when you have little ones relying on you?! I love the idea of a better night's sleep so that we can all be a little healthier both mentally and physically.

So here are a few tips I love from the pros at TYLENOL® PM to help us all get a little bit better, healthier night's sleep.

(pro tips in bold)
1. Turn it off to turn on shuteye. Before hitting the hay, don’t work in bed. Or watch TV, or send out text messages. In general, your bed should be a place for rest, not work or stressful tasks. When you try to put in overtime while under the covers, it can cause you to equate your bed with work and anxiety. Your bed should only be associated with sleep and relaxation.

**This first one is my biggest fault. I always reach for my phone when I am in bed to check email or Pinterest or things that definitely can wait until the morning. Not to mention it is a major romantic turn off...yeah, I said it. Major mood killer. So put the phone away and let your mind rest, trust me, you aren't looking at anything important at 10pm.

2. Take a break and meditate. This doesn’t mean you have to light candles and sit cross-legged on the floor. Simply taking 10-20 minutes to relax, practice deep breathing, and clear your mind can help you hit the mental reset button. Not only can this lead to a better night’s sleep, but it can also make you more productive during the day.

**I love this one, even my middle guy, Brinley, does this exercise called "square breathing" in his pre-K class - if it can calm a toddler than I know it can do wonders for our muddled adult brains, too! It is something that always relaxes me and grounds me. I really think parents lack creating time for themselves throughout the day and I think taking a moment to clear your head is an easy way to get the day back-on-track.

3. Set a sleep schedule and stick to it. Consistency goes a long way when it comes to your sleeping habits. Listen to soft music. Light a candle. Lie down. Take deep breaths. Go to bed at the same time each night. Getting into a sleep routine helps let your body know it’s bedtime.

**I am so great about the boys sleep schedule, but I personally am terrible at creating my own sleeping habits - there is always another episode of Gilmore Girls to see or another magazine to catch up on, the lists of excuses goes on and on for me, especially since I am a night owl. Andy and I have made a recent pact to go to bed {together} at the same time and it has not only helped us sleep better, but has also been a great relief for our marriage. In my opinion it is just a great way of showing you care for each other and respect one another when you go to bed with your partner. Now, we just need to get a little more consistent about how we go about it!

4. Set the scene for sleep, wherever you are. Create a slumber sanctuary even when you’re away from home. Before hitting the sack, look around your hotel room and make needed adjustments, such as closing the curtains, fixing your pillows, and changing the thermostat, to make your sleep environment as comfortable as possible. If your pillow isn’t as supportive as it should be, fold it in half.

**I am all about creating a sanctuary for myself when sleeping - our bedroom is the only "toy free" zone in our house! Make sure you set some limits and find a space that can be all yours for those moments of comfort and mental escape. Our new room is completely designed around a calm and comfort escape.

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1 comment:

Aktar Hossain said...

excellent post. I like it so much. can you share how can I sleep quickly in night? I've problem to sleep. Amy Perl