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Need Shut-eye? Use These 4 Successful Strategies For Getting Better Sleep

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Remember when I shared in a previous post about the huge sleep problem in the U.S.? With nearly 4 million Americans suffering from insomnia, we definitely have a huge sleep problem in this country.

But the question still remains: how can people who suffer from insomnia turn things around for themselves and achieve a good night’s sleep? Everyone is different and every schedule is different. However regardless of lifestyle, evaluating routines and making changes to incorporate healthy shut-eye strategies can go a long way to reverse insomnia and improve overall health.

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Below are the four successful strategies for getting better sleep:

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Get Active Early. Getting a good night’s sleep doesn’t just start when the sun sets. Exercising early in the day can strengthen your circadian rhythm, helping to bring on sleepiness at night.

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successful strategies for getting better sleep2Get Comfortable. Remind your body that it’s time to wind down. Relaxing activities, like taking a warm bath, can help transition you from daytime to bedtime.

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Sign Off. Put away your electronic devices one hour before you head to bed. LED lights from mobile phones and tablets can activate the brain, keeping you from falling and staying asleep at night.

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Go Dark. Block out the light. Light and darkness are natural reminders that tell your body when it’s time to rest. Light during the night can send messages to the brain telling you to “wake up!” before you’re ready.

successful strategies for getting better sleep

As I have told you before, I know all-too-well how sleep deprivation negatively affects the body. I also know that getting a full, uninterrupted night’s sleep has many benefits that will help to keep me energized and empowered on a daily basis. And since I am addicted to feeling good, I will be adopting some of these shut-eye strategies to help me achieve a good night’s sleep.

I am looking most forward to signing off from social media at least one hour before bedtime. It’s not going to be easy: I am a bonafide Instagram and Periscope addict, and I love being connected to what else is going on in the world. Plus, bedtime is the only real time that I have in my day to catch up on the news and other current events. BUT: I will be remembering that my desire to feel my best everyday supersedes being connected and current.

I will be sharing the results of practicing these successful strategies for getting better sleep in a future post. Meanwhile, If you suffer from insomnia or have any struggles getting and staying asleep at all, I want to encourage you to join me in practice these healthy shut-eye strategies. Believe me when I say that after only a few days, you will feel the difference and be so glad that you made the change.

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To learn more about how to achieve a full, uninterrupted night’s sleep visit www.Wanttosleepmore.com.

successful strategies for getting better sleep

Makeba Giles is a Digital Content Producer and Founder of Faith Health and Home, a digital space with information and resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help families live an inspired lifestyle.

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Laura

I did not know that LED lighting from electronics does that. I will be sure to pass that along to my kiddos.

Kristin

Thank you for sharing your helpful tips. These are some good ones.

Toni

Your point about no light is key. I’ve also found if I wake early and look at my phone it’s very hard to get back to sleep!

Kate

Great tips! My biggest downfall is no electronics an hour before bed. I’m always reading on my Kindle.

Terry

My Hubs just seen on the news today that the salt lamps help with sleep. So off he goes into our bedroom carring my salt lamp.

Catherine S
Catherine S

These are all great tips. The key for me is getting the room as dark and quite as I can.

Debbie Denny

These tips will help. I just shut down all electronics .

Ora Lee Gurr

I have a small nightlight in the corner of the room so I can see the floor clearly if I wake up before the sun. It keeps me from tripping over a cat toy they may have left in the middle of the night. It’s been 10 days since my swan dive over the tree roots and last night was the first time in that long that I was actually able to sleep the 5 hours I’ve always required. I can see where the “get comfortable” part of your suggestions makes a difference, because I did feel comfortable when I… Read more »

Melanie

I keep reading about turning off the gadgets before bedtime. This is the hardest for me to do. I need to pick up a book again to read before bed time. Thanks for the tips.

Pam
Pam

Going tech free before bed is a hard thing, but so worth it for quality of sleep. I have to remind myself sometimes that the internet will still be there in the morning.

Kristi
Kristi

Some great suggestions. I went through a rough time last year of not sleeping well at all. I was up for hours, sure messes with the daytime then. Thankfully it is better now.

Rosey
Rosey

Sleep deprivation really can affect the body. Too much sleep can affect it too.

Anne

I need to better with the electronics before bed. I need to get some better sleep now that school has started.

Katie

I can use all the help I can get for getting better sleep. I can sleep for 8 hours and still be tired because I am not getting good sleep. I will keep these strategies in mind.

Debbie L.

Good info – the signing off has really helped me sleep much better. No more late night blogging – then hopping in bed.

Julian

Very good info here…Being an insomniac myself, I know the importance of light and how it can disrupt your sleep patterns. I now use flux on my laptop to help with dimming the screen. And you are correcet that exercising first thing can have tremndous benefit…but I would also like to add having a cold shower (which has other numerous benefits as well) can work wonders for allowing you to feel tired at the end of the day (or, start with a warm shower, and then get colder and stay on cold for about 30-60 secs). Works for me for… Read more »

Krystal

I have to make sure that I turn off all my electronics before bed. It’s the only way I can really focus on SLEEP!

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