Sleep. We all need it, but sometimes we have a hard time getting it. Sleep is an extremely important time for our bodies to relax and rejuvenate, but what do you do when you want to rest but can’t seem to fall into it? We asked our WomenWorking.com community for their best advice, and here are a few of their responses…
Tap into something greater
This can be a great way to breath, reflect, and clear your thoughts. Meditating before bed can also help lower your heart rate as you prepare for sleep.
Positivity trumps fear
Negativity can weigh heavily on a person’s mood. Having a positive mindset before bed can help you get rid of worry so you can fall asleep happy.
Lay next to someone who makes you feel safe
It’s important to feel safe in your home. Sometimes just knowing that the person beside you will protect you is enough to put your mind at ease. If no one is there—a cuddly stuffed animal or pillow can do the trick.
Bright cell phone screens can be distracting and can trigger your brain into waking up. Put your technology to the side and allow yourself to disconnect until the morning.
If there are bright street lights outside your window, it can be hard to fall asleep. Blackout curtains keep the light from shining in.
Almost any herbal tea will help do the trick. Try chamomile or lemon verbena.
Babies are sung lullabies to help them fall asleep, but this can work at any stage in life. Music can be very calming and some find it soothing to listen to before falling asleep.
It doesn’t have to be a book—try a magazine or the newspaper. Reading before bed allows the mind to focus and think without the distraction of technology.
Pen your thoughts
Journaling is a positive way to get your thoughts out before bed so they aren’t keeping you up at night. Try writing your thoughts down before going to bed.
Forgiveness: you can begin again tomorrow
Remember that if you are feeling down about something, tomorrow is a new day. There will be a new beginning, so don’t stress all night over something that can be repaired tomorrow.
Compiled by WomenWorking.com Intern, Allison Perrine.