sweet-16, January Challenge - Sleep

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PhotobucketGetting a better nights sleep is part of the January Health Challenge for The Sweet-16.
Contributed by www.sweetmeblog.blogspot.com

1.  Move during the day.  Having a regular exercise schedule will help with anxiety, stress and a busy mind, making it easier to get a good nights rest in the evening.  Make sure you schedule your activity at least 2 hours before bed, so that your body has time to use up the post work out energy.

2.  Take a warm bath.  The heat will relax you and loosen your muscles, allowing for a better nights sleep.  Use essential oils to calm and meditate you.

3.  Slip into comfortable pajamas.   Pick something that is not too tight or constricting, but ones that won't bunch up and tug when you move.

4. Set the temperature.  Make sure your home's temperature stays at a between 65-73 to keep optimized sleeping temperature.

5.  Create a comfortable environment.  Leave your bedroom for only bedroom activities.  Invest in a good mattress, splurge on nice sheets, use white noise,......whatever you need to have a good nights sleep is worth the investment.

6.  Unplug.  Turn off the T.V., the laptop, the ipads and cell phones.  Try to unplug an hour before bed, so that your mind has time to quiet down and unplug as well.

7.  Journal or read before bed.  A good way to end the day is to write in a gratitude journal.  It's a good way to quiet  your mind and to chronicle your day.

8. Go to bed at the same time each night.  This will create a shut down habit in your brain, making it easier to fall asleep.

9.  Limit your caffeine intake after 3;00pm.  Doing this will help keep your body on it's natural sleep cycle.

10.   Listen to relaxing music.  Instead of falling asleep to the T.V.  try listening to relaxing music or sounds instead.

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