Sometimes life keeps you up. For me, I often get restless thinking about projects for my blog (Will that new widget work?), trip planning (Did I print all confirmation emails?), and meeting deadlines (Did I remember to reply all to that last email?) I’m also super guilty of scrolling through my Instagram, replying to comments, watching Snapchats, and checking out YouTube vids when I should be catching some Zzzz’s.
If you’re like me and tend to let life’s little distractions keep you from resting up, just know that having trouble falling asleep is actually pretty common.
- Nearly 9 in 10 Americans (87%) say they experience trouble falling asleep*
- Roughly 1 in 3 Americans (30%) have had an experience with their boss that has prevented them from falling asleep easily*
- Over a third (36%) of us log on to a device when we can’t nod off.*
A full night’s rest is absolutely crucial to your overall health. It helps with skin, memory, weight loss, inflammation, stress, and can even make you more creative. Getting the recommended eight hours of sleep can be easier said than done. Forget counting sheep, I’m teaming up with ZzzQuil to talk about my personal experience and realistic solutions to getting a better night’s sleep
PUT DOWN THE PHONE
Looking at my phone right before bed will definitely kept me awake. I used to love giving my social media accounts one last scroll before bed, but I can easily waste an hour bookmarking makeup vids and sharing memes with my group chat. Now I try to spend 15-20 minutes or so before bed just letting my mind relax, my sleep has really improved.
LOSE THE LEMONS
A relaxing cup of tea before bed is one of life’s little pleasures but if you like yours with lemon, it may be working against a good night’s sleep. Citrus scents are known to boost energy and will keep you from getting rest. My advice — leave the lemon out of your nighttime cup of chamomile, save it for your morning matcha.
Most of us think that a warm bed and fluffy comforter make for the best sleep. Actually, this can make you too warm, keeping you up at night. Keep your thermostat between 68-72 degrees and swap heavy blankets for something thinner or even just a sheet when weather permits.
Heavy meals before bed are a huge no-no. Your body has to work hard to digest the meal, making it difficult to relax and fall asleep. Try to eat balanced meals throughout the day so you can have a light dinner without feeling hungry before bedtime.
TOSS YOUR TOOTHPASTE
It may sound crazy, but your choice in toothpaste could be keeping you up at night. Peppermint flavored toothpaste may taste good, but it’s not the best for sleep. It can make your brain feel more awake and stimulated, your best bet is to use a different flavor when you brush your teeth before hitting the hay.
A good book is a great way to wind down, but if you’re reading an action-packed story, mystery, or intense drama it can affect your sleep. Anything too exciting or stimulating can keep you from falling asleep, go for a love story or a little poetry instead.
We all suffer from lack of sleep some time or another. My to-do list and constant travel can keep me from falling asleep or wake me up in the middle of the night. When life keeps me up, ZzzQuil helps me fall asleep. It works in as little as 20 minutes and helps me get a full night’s rest so I feel refreshed in the morning. It’s only for sleep, not for pain and isn’t habit forming. Be sure to give yourself a 7-8 hour window when using ZzzQuil. Try it out and let me know how it works for you.
This post is in collaboration with ZzzQuil. All opinions are my own.