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Sleepless nights no more! Discover Karen Salmansohn's 12 tips that can help you sleep better starting tonight. These surprising methods could be the key to your best sleep ever!

Steps to Improve Your Sleep Quality


To be honest, I couldn't resist sharing this from the images only!!! Just look at this first one. How many of you have seen a baby or toddler sleep in the most uncomfortable looking positions? It's almost hard to believe they can sleep so soundly. Enjoy this short video shows the tips and the description below.

Sweet dreams!!!



Try Melatonin

Consider taking a melatonin supplement about 30 minutes before bedtime. Melatonin is a hormone that your body naturally produces in response to darkness, helping to regulate your sleep-wake cycle. A supplement can give you that extra boost to fall asleep faster, especially if your schedule is irregular or you're experiencing jet lag.


Drink Milk

Enjoy a warm glass of milk in the evening. Milk contains tryptophan, an amino acid that can promote relaxation and help you fall asleep. The warmth of the milk can also have a soothing effect, making it a comforting pre-bedtime ritual.


Make Your Bed Cozy

Transform your bed into a haven of comfort. Use soft, breathable sheets, supportive pillows, and a cozy blanket. Ensure your mattress provides the right level of support for your body. A well-made bed can make a significant difference in how quickly you fall asleep and how well you sleep through the night.


Stop Caffeine at 1 PM

Avoid consuming caffeine after 1 PM. Caffeine is a stimulant that can stay in your system for up to 8 hours, disrupting your ability to fall asleep. Be mindful of hidden sources of caffeine, such as tea, chocolate, and certain medications.


Meditate

Incorporate meditation into your daily routine, especially in the evening. Meditation can help calm your mind, reduce stress, and prepare your body for sleep. Try guided meditations, breathing exercises, or simply sitting quietly and focusing on your breath for 10-15 minutes.


Try Yoga

Practice yoga regularly to reduce stress and improve overall well-being. Yoga stretches and strengthens the body while promoting relaxation. Poses like child’s pose, legs up the wall, and reclining bound angle can be particularly beneficial for preparing your body for sleep.


Do Downward Dogs

Include the downward dog pose in your yoga practice. This pose stretches the spine, hamstrings, and calves, promoting relaxation and relieving tension. Hold the pose for a few deep breaths to help calm your mind and body before bed.


Get Enough Magnesium

Ensure you are getting enough magnesium in your diet. Magnesium is a mineral that helps regulate sleep by calming the nervous system. Foods rich in magnesium include nuts, seeds, leafy green vegetables, and whole grains. You can also consider taking a magnesium supplement if needed.


Get Enough Potassium

Include potassium-rich foods in your diet to support muscle relaxation and improve sleep quality. Foods like bananas, sweet potatoes, avocados, and spinach are excellent sources of potassium. A balanced diet with sufficient potassium can help you achieve more restful sleep.


Don’t Drink Alcohol Before Bed

Avoid consuming alcohol before bedtime. While alcohol might make you feel drowsy initially, it can interfere with your sleep cycle, leading to fragmented and less restorative sleep. It’s best to limit alcohol consumption in the evening and opt for a soothing herbal tea instead.


Take a Hot Bath


Relax with a hot bath about an hour before bed. The warm water helps to relax your muscles and can signal to your body that it’s time to wind down. Adding Epsom salts or essential oils like lavender can enhance the relaxing effects and prepare you for a restful night.


Don’t Exercise Before Bed

Avoid vigorous exercise in the hours leading up to bedtime. While regular exercise is beneficial for sleep, doing it too close to bedtime can increase your heart rate and adrenaline levels, making it harder to fall asleep. Aim to finish your workout at least 3 hours before bed.


Never Use a Laptop in Bed


Keep your bed a tech-free zone. The blue light emitted by screens can interfere with your body’s production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep. Additionally, using a laptop in bed can create a mental association between your bed and work, making it harder to relax.


Make Your Bed a Sanctuary

Treat your bed as a sanctuary dedicated to rest and relaxation. Avoid using it for activities like working, eating, or watching TV. Creating a strong mental association between your bed and sleep can help you fall asleep faster and enjoy more restful sleep.


 

Karen has been sharing bodywork, mindfulness, and affirming resources since 2002, when she finished her 770 training as a licensed massage therapist. She has trained with John Barnes for Myofascial Release across the country for hundreds of hours as well as many others with techniques and protocols to help clients find health and happiness


Karen founded Be Well Massage which then morphed into Be Well And Renew so that the name of her business captured more than massage and offers healing and wholeness beyond the table. A variety of relaxation resources are available in The Relax Me Store on the website.


Karen has authored several books including


Karen has been featured on several podcasts about wellness, publishing, and children's wellness.


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