7 Tips For Better Sleep

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There are few things as equally rewarding to the mind, body, and soul as a full night of uninterrupted good ol' sleep. And yet, every night, it feels like it's me against the world when it comes to achieving a decent amount of consecutive hours of inactive rest. And while we'll never be able to control barking dogs and car alarms, there is a slew of techniques to achieving a better night's rest. This week, I am super excited to have partnered up with The Better Sleep Council to take part in their week-long sleep challenge. The challenge that I've accepted required removing my alarm clock from eyesight and placing my cell phone out of arms reach. I have a bad habit of waking up and peeking at the clock, which without fail, always triggers a tiny “oh my gosh, I have to wake up in 3 hours” panic attack. Not to mention the fact that 2am Pinterest browsing has basically taken the place of counting sheep. Removing these will not be easy, but I'm up for the challenge. Goodbye dream kitchen, dream office, and dream vacation, and hello sheep, sheep, and... better sleep. Getting the proper amount of sleep can have a serious effect on your overall health and well-being.  My husband and I have a diabetic dog who requires breakfast and an insulin shot very early in morning, so sleeping in is never an option. Going to sleep at the same time every night is imperative, because every hour I stay awake is an hour of sleep I'm losing. Below are some useful tips to getting more sleep, just in time to help you transition into Daylight Savings Time.

  • Gradually transition with Daylight Savings by going to bed 15 minutes early in the days leading up.
  • Commit to 7-8 hours of sleep each and every night.
  • Keep regular sleep hours by practicing a consistent sleep and wake schedule – even on the weekends.
  • Exercise during the day. Moderate exercise can help you sleep better.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed to avoid sleep interference.
  • Eat light at night, finishing at least 2-3 hours before bed.
  • Create a relaxing bedtime ritual. (reading a book, soothing music, or a hot bath)

Stop by The Better Sleep Council's website for some fabulous tips and tricks for surviving the time change here! Follow along on Twitter with #SpringToBed for updates on how my challenge is going!

This post was sponsored by The Better Sleep Council.

38 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing these helpful tips..

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves
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  2. What a lovely article and good tips. I always try to go to bed around 10-11 o'clock to reach my 7-8 hours of sleep. Sometimes I fail but mostly it works :)

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  3. great post!

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  5. Very useful tips, I always try to follow.
    If I don't sleep at least 7\8 hours I can't connect the day after.
    xxx
    mari
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  6. Great post, am glad that I have done a couple of the above and what I love most is reading before I go to sleep, thanks for the post, its really helpful xo

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  8. These are great tips! I have gotten into the habit of going to bed at 11pm and really try to stick to it. Weekends I will also go at 11-midnight to sleep but I don't set an alarm unless there is somewhere I have to be or have a study weekend ahead. It's definitely helped me a lot to have a bedtime schedule, also I try to get to bed slightly earlier and just watch some youtube, read blogs or check my instagram :)

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  9. Interesting post!

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  10. Sweet dreams ;)

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  11. I slept awful last night, thanks for the tips!!

    Xoxo,
    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

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  12. awesome ;-)

    xoxo

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  13. Thanks for sharing! I have a horrible time falling asleep and could use some of these tips!

    Abby
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  14. These are all great tips and as I get older I am starting to understand how crucial sleep is. I've always loved my sleep and needed a good 8 hours, but it is SO vital now for me to function at work each day! I had issues sleeping for about 4 months, I finally am over that and sleeping well again :)

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  15. Such great tips! I need to implement a few of these. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Great tips! I try to cut off electronics at least an hour before bed. When I don't do that, I don't sleep as well (easier said than done!!)... You should read "Thrive" by Arianna Huffington (if you haven't already), she has some great tips as well, not just for a good night's sleep, but overall well-being. She talks about several of your tips too!

    Brittany,
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  17. I've never heard of a better sleep council. I need to follow these tips because I'm the worst sleeper ever. Thank god for advil pm.

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  18. Awesome tips! Thanks for sharing

    Mel
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  19. Great tips - I am going to give #1 a try. I am not looking forward to this upcoming time change.

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

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  20. These tips are very useful.. I have bad problems with my sleep :(
    Dullylicious

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  21. Love your room! Looks like a magazine!

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  22. Ha ha! I'm definitely guilty of 2am Pinterest browsing myself! I'll have to give these tricks a try!

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  23. So many good tips. 7-8 hours is so crucial and we rarely get it, thanks for the inspo to find ways to sleep better!

    xx 365Hangers

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  25. thanks for sharing, these are really good tips!
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  26. I need this! Amazing tips Anna, thank you so much!

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  27. Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

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  28. I have a hard time getting enough sleep at night. Definitely will try these! :)

    xo, Katy
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  29. Same here - I always make it a point to get at least 7 hours of sleep! I am never one of those people who can go on for days with only very little sleep - I just can't function!

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  30. I needed this article! Thanks for sharing these Anna!

    Heidi
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  31. thanks for the tips x
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  32. These are great tips, eight hours really does make such a difference!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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