If the summer months are a time of relaxed schedules in your home, then getting back into routines at the start of the school year can be a jolt to everyone’s systems. While re-establishing good habits with the kids, which often means earlier bedtimes, why not also look at your own sleep schedule to see how your mood and energy level could improve with more rest.
With more and more studies showing how vital sleep is to our overall health – and how stress can contribute negatively – perhaps the key to improved rest is in the unwinding process. Sainthood Herbs™ offers an all-natural supplement to reduce stress and induce relaxation as a segue to the ultimate goal of sleeping like a baby, but there are other habits you can adopt to have a more restful night.
Following are five tips by the Mayo Clinic for getting a better night’s sleep:
1 – Stick to a Sleep Schedule
Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, including holidays and weekends. This consistency helps your body become accustomed to defined sleep-wake cycles. The only footnote here is that if you don’t fall asleep within 15 minutes, consider getting up and doing something low key and try again in a bit.
2 – Manage Stress
This can be easier said than done if you have a to-do list that’s a mile long. Look for practical ways to be more organized by establishing priorities and delegating when possible. If anxiety is still keeping you awake at night, consider a supplement to help bring things down a notch.
3 – Create a Bedtime Ritual
Tell your body it’s time to rest by creating personal sleep cues. Taking a warm bath, reading or listening to relaxing music are all good ways to bridge the gap between a hectic day’s activities and the time for bed.
4 – Get Comfortable
Just like the footie pajamas that keep kids cozy overnight, adults need things that are soothing and comforting to promote optimal sleep. Many people consider a room that’s cool, dark and quiet to be ideal. You can also use things like a white-noise machine or a clock with nature sounds to create an environment that’s right for you. Make sure your mattress and pillow are also giving you the support you need.
5 – Exercise
Getting regular physical activity can help you fall asleep, as long as the timing is right. Exercising too close to bedtime can act as a stimulant, so make sure your workout takes place early enough in the day to be helpful.
You probably have some tricks of your own to add to our list like meditating or drinking a glass of warm milk. Whatever you do, try and keep it healthy. And if you’re looking for healthy supplements that address other issues, Sainthood Herbs™ offers a full line of natural herbs targeting Heart & LDL, Blood & Glucose, Menopause, Weight Management, Urinary Tract, Mental Agility and, of course, Stress & Sleep!