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12 Tips for Getting a Better Nights Sleep

August 16th, 2016

Hey y’all, I’m about to get personal today with a topic that’s been on my mind a lot over the past year: the elusive (for some of us) and ever-important (for all of us) good night’s sleep. So let’s back up a bit. I’ve always been one of those people who barely gave sleep a second thought; for most of my life,when my head hit the pillow at night, I easily drifted into a deep slumber that lasted until morning. And like most good sleepers, I totally took it for granted.

But all of that suddenly changed about a year ago when I had a sudden, unforeseen bout of insomnia that hit me out of nowhere and left me exhausted and searching for a solution. It was especially frustrating because I had a 5-month-old who was suddenly sleeping through the night, and there I was wide awake at 2 am and panicking about how I was going to accomplish all that I needed to do the next day running on so little sleep. For me, it was a cycle of anxiety: after a couple nights having a hard time sleeping, I was so afraid that my insomnia would return that I’d lay in bed worrying about it, and (as any insomniac will tell you) there’s nothing worse for falling asleep than telling yourself that you need to fall asleep. And the day after was the worst: as much as I tried to be in a good mood, my lack of sleep made me feel dulled, anxious, and depressed.

I was desperate not to let insomnia become a lifelong struggle, so I went on a total quest for answers, talking to everyone I knew who had dealt with it in the past, reading books and articles on the topic, and seeing my doctor to talk through solutions. And you know what? I’m happy to say that for the last few months, my good sleep has totally returned, the anxiety is gone, and I’m back to waking up feeling happy, rested, and ready to take on the world. Click through the slides for the 12 effective tips I learned on my journey to getting a good night’s sleep — these really work — and I’d love to hear in the comments about any of your sleep issues or tips.

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9 Comments under :: 12 Tips for Getting a Better Nights Sleep
  1. Molly McConn says:

    So timely! I have never understood those who have trouble sleeping as the type that’s typically out cold on a flight or anywhere really. But, I’ve had my first experiences of sleepless nights for no good reason this year.

    My boyfriend struggled with actual insomnia and has found great success with the natural supplement Kavinace as well thanks to a local dietician. Reading does always help me as well as having worked out during the day and a shower before bed. I’ve always vowed to never put a TV in my bedroom…just need to work on that phone thing!

    • No TV in the bedroom is such a great rule to stick to! I imagine it creates such a peaceful vibe in the space… good for you. And agree that working out during the day really helps too!

  2. I went through the exact same thing earlier this year and these tips are spot on! My doctor and I also realized that I was deficient in magnesium, which happens to be a great sleep aid. I take it before bed now and it is really helpful. The Deep Sleep meditations on the Calm app were helpful, too. Great post!

    • Thanks Tiffany, these are such great tips… I had actually forgotten about the Magnesium thing, but when my sleeping issue was at its worst, I did try the powdered magnesium drink before bed for a couple weeks and it really helped. Can’t wait to check out the Deep Sleep meditations!

  3. I practice the deep breathing technique and it does help. Taking 5htp supplement also helped me sleep through the night.

  4. Kelly Colchin says:

    YAY! I’m so glad you have your sleep back! XO

  5. Kelly says:

    Great tips! I have trouble with insomnia but according to my therapist it is all because stress. I can’t stop thinking about job and money. Maybe when I will be debt free I will get some good sleep!

  6. samanthacsuarez says:

    Can’t wait to try these! My favorite thing from this list that I already do is make the room cold… I absolutely cannot sleep without the fan on. Thanks for all the tips!

    Sincerely, Sam
    http://www.samanthasuarez.com

  7. Amy says:

    These are great tips- thank you! I hope this isn’t inappropriate, but would you be willing to share the name of your doctor? He/she sounds amazing based on the information provided here, and even their willingness to discuss this in depth with you. I’m local and on the lookout and would love a referral. You can email me if that is easier: amy.felker@gmail.com. I understand if you aren’t able to share for privacy’s sake, though. Thanks again for the helpful information!

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