Now that I am in full blown tri training mode over here, my rest and recovery is that much more important. The past few years I’ve had more restless sleep and have become such a light sleeper. This often results in my waking up a number of times a night. There are a few rituals I’ve adopted recently that are helping me to get a better night’s sleep. Today I am sharing my 5 Steps to a better night’s sleep.
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5 Steps to a better night’s sleep
Find your sleep number
First find your “sleep number”. The number of hours of sleep you really “need” to feel rested. This is different for everyone. For me it’s 7.5 ideally. I can make it ok on 7 but I really prefer 7.5.
Turn off all electronics and TV’s 30 minutes before bed
Turning off my electronics has been huge! I have been able to do this recently and it’s very liberating. I’ve read some articles about watching TV right before bed leads to more restless sleep. I have not yet been able to get my hubs on board but working on it.
Admittedly, I do not always get in all of my daily stretches during the day. I have been keeping my foam roller and some other “torture devices” in my bedroom and doing about a 10 minute stretch with some basic yoga in the evenings. It’s really relaxing and gets me in a sleep mode.
Taking the time to read a few chapters of a book or a quick flip of a magazine, starts to make me feel drowsy at night. I am currently in the middle of a few good ones now.
Block out interference
I mentioned how I have become such a light sleeper of late. Even back in college, I was noise sensitive and started wearing ear plugs and eye shades every night. Yup I’ve been doing that since the 80’s. I need to have total sensory deprivation or I can’t fall asleep! I won a lovely Sleep Swag silk eye mask from a contest on Julie’s blog last year and it has become my favorite. It’s super soft on my skin but still stays in place while I sleep. After letting Sleep Swag know how much I loved their made in the US product, they offered to raffle off one to one of you. I know you will love it as much as I do!
Thanks to Sleep Swag for offering a prize to my readers. I was not compensated in any way for this post. Just sharing the love.
Those are a few of my tips for a better night’s sleep hope they help you out as well. Now to figure out how to get my husband to stop tossing and turning and waking me up 🙂
Tell me: What are you tips for a good night’s sleep? Do you use eye masks or ear plugs? What’s your sleep number?
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