Can you picture this: It’s 5:07 PM. You’re hungry after a busy day at work, itching to get home to be with your family, and now you’re stuck in traffic. Frustration sets in; this is an every day occurrence.
It’s already 5:43pm when finally enter your house, your kids are demanding your attention, and everyone is starving just like you. Stuck on what to make for dinner, you pop some pre-package frozen food into your oven, or place frozen dinners into the microwave knowing full well that both choices are not healthy, but you just don’t have time to think, much less cook. After a quick dinner filled with 2000mg of sodium (the recommended daily intake is 11,500mg), unhealthy saturated fats (partially- hydrogenated or hydrogenated fats), and more ingredients on the label than you can understand yet alone read, you’re not done yet
There’s tidying up the house, driving the kids to their various sports or academic activities, trying to check off your ‘To Do’ list, and finishing up your work you brought home with you—deadlines!
Finally it’s bedtime. You’re exhausted, flop into bed, and turn off your light. You’re angry at yourself because your brain is still in action, you can’t STOP THINKING and are unable to fall asleep! Tossing and turning all night your alarm clock goes off at 5:45am- still exhausted you roll out of bed and think to yourself, “How am I ever going to make it through the day?”
Are you stressed out after just reading this so far?
Here are your 4 simple tips you can immediately do to get a restful sleep tonight.
BUT, first thing’s first: STOP, now take 3 deep breaths (personally I prefer to close my eyes and focus when I do this).
1) Get a notebook and take 5 minutes right before laying down to write. What you want to do is clear your mind of every thought that’s running around in your mind; write them down on paper where it’s safe and secure. This will “free the clutter” in your head and allow you to rest easier.
2) Cut up some vegetables when you’re packing up your kid’s lunches (veggies for both yourself and the kids). Take those veggies with you to work and you’ve got yourself a very healthy snack added to your daily routine. When you’re hungry at work or on the way home, munch on these. Another great snack is raw almonds. Did you know that eating healthier works amazingly well to helping you sleep better.
3) Turn off all electronics and get them out of your room. Do you have a computer in your room? Checking emails, texting on your cell phone, reading your iPad? Did you know electronics emit a blue light that stimulates brain activity; so instead of your body & mind winding down, it’s active and ready to take on new activities and tasks.
4) Open your bedroom window. Yes, even in winter. Your body naturally drops its core temperate within 4 hours of falling asleep-allowing for restful and deep sleep state. When your room is cooler, this generates the body’s ability to conduce sleep by lower it’s core temperature even faster; a shorter time span to arrive in that deep slumber.
Please use these 4 simple tips today-everyday- to enjoy a more restful sleep.©