Ask Away...: How To Get A Better Night's Sleep

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

How To Get A Better Night's Sleep

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It's no surprise that a good night's sleep determines how the next day will go for you.  Think about it.  When you don't sleep well at night, you are cranky, tired, and distracted the next day.   You have trouble sticking to a proper diet because you start craving the wrong things, and if you don't get better sleep the next night, your week will continue to go downhill.   No one likes a poor night's sleep, so today I am sharing some tips with you that can help you get a better night's sleep so that you can wake up and go about your day feeling refreshed and ready to tackle whatever comes your way.

There are many aspects that go into creating a good night's sleep for yourself.  


[1] Proper Pillow
So many people use just any old pillow and oftentimes, that's why they aren't getting a good night's sleep.  If you sleep on a pillow that doesn't get your spine in the proper alignment, you can wake up multiple time during the night to readjust yourself.  Each time you wake up, you knock yourself out of whatever stage of sleep you were in, and then your body and mind have to start all over.  You are like a battery, and sleep is what recharges you.  But if you keep interrupting that charge and having to start over, you aren't going to wake up with a full mental battery.

So ask yourself what makes you uncomfortable (if anything) when you sleep? Is your head always pushed up too high? Maybe you need a pillow with less fluff.  If you feel like you don't have enough support (especially if you sleep on your side like I do), then you should try to find a pillow that supports your head even more.  You want to feel comfortable and at peace when you lay down to rest each night.


[2] Comfortable Temperature
I know that thermostat wars are very common in most households but let me tell you that the cooler your bedroom is, the easier it is to fall asleep and stay asleep.  Ever notice how when you're hot, you are restless? You kick the covers off and just can't get comfortable.  So if you can turn your thermostat down to where you aren't warm at night, it's an ideal sleeping situation for most people.  Also, having a fan on to circulate air and create a breeze helps a lot.  I can't even sleep without a fan anymore because I need to feel that moving air.  It helps me get cozy and warm in my covers, and I can just drift off to sleep.


[3] Darkness
Okay, so obviously your lights should be off when you sleep, but there are some other factors that come into play.  Even the slightest glow of an LED light from an alarm clock, DVD player, or cable box can stir you out of sleep.  Make sure your blinds all shut, and cover the window so no outside lights (like from a street lamp) can get in.  Wearing an eye mask also helps keep light from stirring you during the night.


[4] Breathing
I am totally guilty of being a mouth breather at night.  It's because I have a lot of nasal congestion.  This sometimes makes it uncomfortable for me when I'm trying to fall asleep, but even worse is that poor James struggles to fall asleep when he can hear my loud breathing.  Unfortunately, if your partner is noisy at night, that can prevent YOU from sleeping soundly.  When you lay down at night, you are ready to fall asleep, right? Well, if your partner is noisy, then you definitely will spend extra time trying to tune them out so you can fall asleep.  That means you’re wasting precious time that you could have spent sleeping already.  This can make you frustrated or even resentful of your partner and obviously cranky the next day.

So now I use Breathe Right® Nasal Strips because they are a way to help relieve nasal congestion. These one time use nasal strips are great during a cold or cough, but I have been using them every day. If you do use them when you're sick, just know that they are drug free so they are safe to use with any cough or cold medication.  Breathe Right Nasal Strips instantly open your nose up to 38% more than cold or allergy medications alone.  They are also clinically proven to instantly lift your nasal passages and open your nose to help you breathe better.  

To PROPERLY apply Breathe Right Nasal Strips, you must first wash and dry your nose.    You then remove the liner and place the strip on your nose, making sure it's not too high or too low.  To apply, press the ends and rub them gently to secure them in place.  

To PROPERLY remove Breathe Right Nasal Strips you should do so WITH water like when washing your face in the morning or when you are in the shower.  Always remove it slowly.  Loosen the ends and carefully lift the strip from both sides.  



You can find Breathe Right Nasal Strips in the pharmacy and personal care section at Walmart.  And here are some special offers where you can get a Breathe Right $1 Off Coupon and/or a free sample!

In addition to nasal strips make sure you vacuum and dust your home and bedroom regularly to get rid of the allergens you can breathe in.  Also, be sure to wash your bed sheets every 2 weeks.

So tell me, are there things you will need to change in your life to ensure a better night's sleep?





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1 comment:

  1. Darkness and lack of noise are my big sleep issues - without them, I can't sleep at all! #client

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