5 Essential Tips for Your Bedtime Routine!

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A Beautyrest Recharge Hybrid mattress was provided to me from Simmons Bedding Company free of charge. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me.

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Feeling foggy, irritable, or plain worn out? Lack of sleep can leave you scattered the next day and can even lead to chronic, long-term diseases. Several factors that can interfere with a good night’s sleep are family responsibilities, stress, pressures from work, relationship issues or illness. The one that plagues me is that I can’t turn off my brain and relax. Although you can’t control all of the factors that interfere with your sleep, you can incorporate habits into your nightly bedtime routine that ensure a good night’s sleep!

Stick to a Sleep Schedule

Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends, holidays and days off. This forces your body’s sleep-wake cycle and helps promote better sleep at night. My doctor says I should fall asleep within about 15 minutes. He recommends if it is taking longer than that to get up and do something, then go back to bed when you’re tired. I have found this to be helpful: I used to just lay there and toss and turn.

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Pay Attention to What You Eat and Drink

Don’t go to bed either hungry or stuffed. I never had this problem until I got older. Now I have to make sure I don’t eat anything spicy too close to bedtime and definitely watch caffeine intake. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to get out of bed and take a few Tums. Don’t forget to limit how much you drink before bed, to prevent those late night trips to the bathroom.

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Get Comfortable

Make sure you replace your old mattress. The aches and pains you attribute to age could very well be your mattress. Sleeping on a new mattress with the comfort level you choose can increase sleep quality and decrease pain. Though most people realize that a good mattress is essential to good sleep quality, they often wait longer than they should. I upgraded to the Beautyrest Recharge Hybrid mattress and sleep better and wake feeling refreshed!

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Exercise 

Regular physical activity is essential to better sleep. Whether it’s spending time at the gym or walking the dog, any type of exercise will help you to fall asleep faster and enjoy deeper sleep. Make sure to exercise in the morning or during the day so you are not too energized to fall asleep.

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Do Not Take Naps During the Day

Daytime naps can interfere with nighttime sleep. If you’re struggling with insomnia or poor sleep quality at night, just don’t.  If you feel you really need a nap, limit yourself to about 10 to 30 minutes and make it during the mid-afternoon.

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Do you have any sleep tips you’d like to share?

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    Shut off the computer or phone at least an hour before bed. That blue light is a sleep killer

  • Robin Rue

    If my husband didn’t snore, I would get a great nights sleep.

  • We’re actually in the market for a new mattress. Ours is a little too worn….haha!

  • Travel Blogger

    My sleep routine has been awful since my son was born, but we are finally getting into a better routine. I am starting to feel normal again!

    • Lack of sleep can really affect your waking hours!

  • justine

    Great tips. Don’t have trouble sleeping unless I stay up too late so following a schedule is so true.

  • Exercise has improved the quality of my life, health and sleep tremendously!

  • I need a good sleeping schedule. I feel like I just wait for my body to become tired until I can’t help but fall asleep. Lol.

  • marciaf

    I have to watch what I drink (no caffeine) or I’m never going to sleep.

    • Caffeine really messes with my sleep–even a diet coke!

  • These are really good things to keep in mind all day. One big nap can ruin my sleep schedule for 2-3 days.

  • Lisa – BetweentheKids

    It’s so funny that you say that, because I get indigestion whether i’ve eaten too much or I haven’t eaten at all. These are great tips!

  • That mattress looks wonderfully comfy.

  • Great tips. Quality of mattress really plays a lot in terms of sleeping routine.

  • no naps?! Tyrant. lol! Good tips, though! Getting a new mattress is a necessary splurge.

  • Great tips. I have a weakness for spicy food which probably explains those tossy-and-turny nights.

  • rika agustini

    Great tips. Hope to get more sleep during this holiday season

  • Karlyn Flores

    Great tips. I want to have a new matress i need more sleep.

  • Oops, I tend to nap during the day to make up for lost sleep… Sticking to a regular sleep schedule does help though. And boy do we need a new mattress!

  • Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey

    Great tips but afternoon naps are too hard to resists! 😐 Also, I need to stick on a sleep sched but I just can’t.

    • I’m really bad about my sleep schedule too-I like to sleep in on the weekends!

  • A good mattress is essential for a good night’s sleep.

  • Great tips. We just got a new mattress and love it!

  • I cannot take naps during the day, always get a headache. Glad to know that I shouldn’t. Don’t really have a sleep schedule at the moment. My son still wakes up at night.

    • My daughter woke up every 2/12 hrs until she turned a year old.

  • amotherworld

    A quick power nap during the day is helpful to me some days. I recently received a new mattress and that has helped too!

    • A new mattress is like heaven isn’t it?

  • tiarasandtantrums

    actually naps don’t interfere with your routine. My doctor told that is a myth. If you are tired, sleep.

  • michele d

    I wish that I could nap during the day. It would be great to rest while the kids are at school.

    • When I nap I can’t get to sleep at bed time.

  • Kim

    I love your tips. I wish I could stick to a sleep schedule.

  • Kristen

    My husband and I invested in foam pillows this year. they’re amazing

  • Nikki

    These are great advice, my problem when sleeping in mid afternoon was sleep for dead lol, maybe I’ve been sleeping for four hours.

  • Norah Salazar

    Mattress is essential for me. I cant sleep daytime though, I wish.

  • Camesha

    I soo need to do better with sleep. I have to push my bedtime up. So busy working that I end up staying up way too late!

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