Aging sometimes brings on the days of insomnia. Are you looking for ways to sleep better?
If you have found yourself battling the sandman for countless hours of the night, try using some of the following tips from our beauty expert, Penelope Whiteley, that will have you sleeping like a baby in no time!
Tips for a Sound Slumber
As we grow older we seem to require less sleep; although it doesn’t always feel that way, especially when the alarm goes off!
Sleep is one of the most important aspects of our lives if we are to age successfully. Nothing makes you look more youthful, hotter and sexier, than being well rested.
If you don’t sleep as well as you did in your youth, try some of these tips:
1. If you have a health condition making it difficult to sleep, visit your doctor or find a herbalist or homeopath who can help you using remedies and/or diet.
2. Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake. No coffee after 2.00 pm and avoid excess alcohol – it’s a stimulant!
3. Create a sleep schedule – have a regular bed-time and wake-up time.
4. Start a Gratitude book and before you switch off your light, write 10 things that happened during the day for which you are grateful … and it doesn’t matter how small or insignificant they may seem. Gratitude is never wasted
5. Keep a journal. Writing in a journal regularly will help you work through any daily irritations or perceived problems you may have, instead of taking them to bed with you.
6. Do NOT exercise within four hours of your bed-time. Much too stimulating.
7. Meditate or practice some relaxation exercises. Learn how to use progressive muscle relaxation before bed, or even as you lie in bed.
8. Get rid of the clock. It will make you anxious because you feel time pressure.
9. Bed is for sleep and sex. It is not for eating or watching TV – don’t confuse your brain!
10. And if you really cannot sleep, get out of bed, read something incredibly boring, and go back to bed when you start to feel drowsy. Don’t lie awake in bed … you will start to feel stress because you can’t sleep and anxiety caused by worrying about how tired you will be tomorrow.