Self Care: 5 Sleep Tips For Better Sleep

For as long as I can remember I have been the worst sleeper. There are many factors that play into it I am sure. Obviously having a toddler and a baby doesn’t help with getting a solid 8 hours, however, after implementing the following tips, I can say my sleep does definitely improve. If you are finding yourself having a rough time getting some quality shut eye, keep reading and hopefully some things that have worked for me, will work for you too! As a mom, I know that following all these steps can be tough, I personally find it difficult to follow each and every one of them theses days, so don’t feel like you have to try all 5 at once. Eventually I know I will be back to following all 5 of theses, but for now, it’s one day at a time, one step at a time!

Here are my 5 tips for better sleep

Not eating after supper

This one was huge for me. Every single time I would snack after supper while enjoying some down time, I would have a rough night of sleep. I’m talking about “junk” snacks. If I snacked on chips, or buttery popcorn, or anything else salty and delicious, I would be up all night. My nutritionist suggested switching to something like grapes (bonus, try freezing them…you won’t regret it) and it certainly helped. I still get something to snack on and I am not going to bed starving, especially since we eat so early.

Journaling 

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I’ve always loved writing, so this one comes easy to me. I keep a journal and a pen on my bed side table and right before shutting my eyes I write in it. It doesn’t even have to be long. I usually recap my day and write out the things that are bothering me. It’s a good way to get it off my chest, before trying to fall asleep, to help my mind stay clear. I also like to write three things that I am happy about, or three things that made me smile during the day.

Locking away negative thoughts

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I heard about this method years and years ago, and it might sound silly, but don’t knock it until you try it. I imagine a fake box sitting on my night side table and I picture myself scooping out all of the thoughts in my head that are keeping me awake, and putting them into this box, locking it, and telling myself I can’t think about them anymore until I unlock the box. It helps me redirect myself incase my mind starts to wander that nope, these thoughts are locked away and I don’t have to think about them until the next day.

Charging my phone  away from the bed.

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This one is probably the hardest one for me to do. It is so tempting to grab my phone when I can’t sleep. However, take a quick peek at this article, “Can Electronics Affect Sleep” explaining why it’s not a good idea to take your phone to bed. I really started to try to not have my phone beside me at night, and being honest; it’s not as easy as it sounds! Too many times I have gotten up to grab my phone, which ends up leading to hours of unnecessary scrolling and lost sleep.

No coffee 6 hours before bedtime

Another hard one for me to follow! I love my coffee. But after reading this study “Caffeine effects on sleep…” I really have tried to limit my caffeine intake. Especially after 1 p.m. I go to bed pretty early most nights, but I can honestly say on the days where I do not have an afternoon coffee, my sleep is significantly better. A great tip is to sip on decaf for that last cup…I know, easier said than done.

 I hope that if you are having difficulty sleeping, this post helps you out! If it does, give it a share so we can help others learn some tips that might help them get some better sleep too.

5 thoughts on “Self Care: 5 Sleep Tips For Better Sleep

  1. Hi Shawna, I feel for you with having a baby and a toddler, sleep is one of those things I remember craving when I was a young mother. My daughter is about to have a baby next week and she has a 2 year old as well, so I’m sure she will notice a difference in her sleep patterns very soon. The toddler is a great sleeper at the moment so I hope that continues. I think all your tips are good and hopefully they work our for you. Thanks for stopping by my blog for #shoutoutsaturday

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    1. Hi Debbie. I am happy to have found it. Congratulations to your daughter! I hope everything goes well and that mama and baby are healthy and safe 💕 Having a toddler who is a great sleeper is always a blessing. Might have a few hiccups when baby arrives but hopefully things settle quickly!

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