Welcome to Part 2 of our Blog series on Sleep! In Part 1, I shared four tips on how you can improve your sleep: scheduling your sleeping hours, organizing your bedroom, covering blue lights and prepping the night before for the next day. Today, I want to share three more ideas that can help you relax before the night begins.
Tip #1: Run A Bath
Studies show that soaking your body in a hot bath can help you to relax, increase blood flow and endorphins. If you have a tub, fill it up with warm water and try adding a few drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil into your bath water so you can enjoy that lovely spa atmosphere in your own home. If you don’t have a tub, taking a warm shower can also help. Just place a few drops of the oil in the shower.
Tip #2: Pretty in PJ's
Let’s be honest, ladies: How many of you wear old, worn-out pjs to bed or maybe just an oversized shirt your son/daughter left at the home before he moved out? What about sleeping in your birthday suit? According to the National Sleep Foundation, 31% of American men sleep in the nude and only 14% of American women. Facts about pajamas.
It’s not my preference to go without pjs, I realize that comfort is important and possibly why we tend to use that soft, oversized cotton fabrics. For me, there are nights when these are just not the best solution. The National Sleep Foundation breaks it down for us.
I’m on a quest to retire the old cotton clothes, oversize sweats and feel feminine. Send me an email with your favorite PJ's. email@example.com.
Tip #3: Read A Book
While it may be tempting to take one last look at your Facebook notifications on your phone, screens can stimulate your brain and prevent you from relaxing before bed. Grab a book instead – the good, old-fashioned kind. As long as it’s not too much of a page-turner (aka thriller/horror/action stories that might keep you up at night!), reading a book can help you get the rest you need.
As always, feel free to share your feedback on these tips via firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you! Sweet Dreams! Hugs, Alison