Sleep, beautiful sleep. I must admit, nobody ever warned me about just how little sleep I would get after having kids. To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I had a full uninterrupted 8 hours of it.
There’s no use complaining though because with three kids under 5, I was always going to have to give up one of life’s luxuries. It’s just a shame it had to be sleep.
Yvonne Clarkson highlights below some great tips on solving your sleeping problems.
Sleeping is one of life’s priorities – it’s right up there with eating and breathing, right? You’d think that it would be easy to sleep, but that’s one area of human life that still leaves us mystified. More than half of the population still don’t get quality sleep – and most of us either don’t know why or are well aware of our sleeping problems but don’t know how to solve them. Here are some possible answers.
The Right Bedding
Yes, it could be something as simple as this. Are cold winter nights keeping you up? Or do you wake up clammy and uncomfortable in summer? You may want to consider bedding made from natural materials, not synthetics. For instance, a quilt made from wool is a good choice for winter as it keeps your body nice and warm. A wool/cotton blend, cotton, or down quilt may be just the thing for hot summer nights – they’re breathable so you don’t wake up overheated and sweaty. There are many places you can get quality quilts from; get ideas from a bedding specialist like Minijumbuk.
Know How Much Sleep You Really Need
We’re bombarded with advice from all angles about how many hours of sleep we need – so which is it? Six, seven, eight, nine hours…? We’re all different; some of us need more hours, some less. Worrying about not getting enough sleep will actually keep you up. It’s normal to wake up a few times a night. Remember that too much of anything can be bad too – your body may not need as much sleep as you think.
Avoid Technology Right Before Bedtime
In order to fall asleep and stay asleep, our heart rate needs to slow down and, in turn, our muscles must be relaxed. Watching something that’s action-packed on TV is probably not a good idea. If you must, watch something that’s calming. However, in general, blue light emitted from TV screens, computer monitors, phones, and tablets tricks the brain into thinking it needs to be alert, so if you can avoid them, do.
Do Something Relaxing
We all have a different idea of what is relaxing and what isn’t. Do something that’s always helped you unwind in the past. It could be anything – listen to slow music, read a book, pray, do yoga, knit, even bake something if that’s your thing.
Avoid Caffeine and Sugar
It used to be that eating the wrong foods was the only problem. Now, it seems the time you eat is as big an issue. We all know that high amounts of caffeine and sugar will keep us up, and excessive amounts of processed carbohydrates can often leave us feeling bloated and uncomfortable. Certain types of foods are best eaten about two hours before bedtime.
Clearly, we’re all different. There could be so many reasons why we have sleeping problems and if you are unable to get to the bottom of it, then it is best to consult an expert.
Some great tips there. Now to come up with some strategies to give up coffee.
This post was written in collaboration with Minijumbuk.