When I get together with my friends these days, by far the most common complaint we all share is a lack of sleep. Whether you are up all night with a new baby (like me) or hot flashes are keeping you awake, getting a good night’s rest is important no matter what age you are. Since it is now next to impossible for me to get a full 8 hours of sleep, I started researching good sleep hygiene, and came across this article on one of my favorite sites, Sixty & Me, called “Become A Sleeping Beauty: 9 Steps to Better Sleep After 60” by Penelope Jane Whiteley. Her sleep tips apply to everyone, not just the older ladies.
I also recommend “13 Easy Ways to Fall Asleep Faster” by Heather Finn and “15 Foods That Make You Sleepy – and 10 That Keep You Up” by Caroline Picard and Colleen Moody on the Good Housekeeping website.
Here are a few of my favorite tips for visiting the land of Nod:
- Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake, and avoid caffeine after mid-afternoon.
- Create a sleep schedule with a regular bed time and wake time.
- Do not exercise within four hours of bedtime.
- Meditate or practice relaxation exercises before bed or as while you are lying in bed at night.
- Get rid of the clock so you aren’t constantly checking the time and stressing out because you’re not asleep yet.
- Make sure your bedroom is not too hot or cold.