Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

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Some people cannot wait until it’s time for bed. A cozy bed with fresh sheets just seems to initiate sleep. Others cannot get the past day out of their minds and will toss and turn for hours. To make matters worse, telling yourself that you must fall asleep is a sure way to stay wide awake.

Here are some tips for getting a good night’s rest so you are able to wake feeling refreshed.

Start a night time ritual. This can help to shut down your mind from the day and turn on your sleep mode. Don’t select anything that causes excitement or stress, but something where your brain can completely shut off. Working on a puzzle, reading a book, watching a documentary or talking to your higher power are examples of night time rituals.

Keep the thermostat set between 60 and 67 degrees. Nothing interrupts sleep faster than breaking out into a sweat from overheating. Your body heat will keep you warm and comfortable.

Turn off the TV and the lights. These are both distractions that will call your name as soon as you begin to drift off. Then you have to start all over again.

Certain scents are relaxing and soothing when they have a light, lingering smell. Try lavender, chamomile, bergamot, jasmine, rose or sandalwood for your preference. Add 5 drops of your favorite scent to ½ cup of water and pour into a spray bottle. Spray your pillow with a mist before retiring and notice how relaxed your feel.

If your mattress is over 10 years old, it’s time for a new one. Mattresses lose their support over years of repeated wear. You may be so used to the bumps and dips that you don’t realize just how uncomfortable it really is.

Kathy Garton
Kathy Garton
Over the past 50 years, I have been lucky enough to witness powerful changes in technology, nutrition, culture, and life in general, some good and some bad. Only from experience can you see the big picture of an evolving world. After getting past the excitement of frozen meals, furnishings made of plastic and the Internet, the reality began to set in. More illnesses, especially respiratory, cardiovascular and uncontrollable weight gain were becoming the normal conditions of society. Rewind 50 years and the answers are apparent. Hi. I am Kathy and this site was created to share ideas and educate others on how to live a healthier, more meaningful life. I grew up on a farm where we raised our own food and animals for consumption. We never had air conditioning or a microwave oven and I felt as though we were living in the dark ages. What I would give to go back to that time. I have been a professional writer for over 20 years and have always being drawn to the natural aspects of life. I also worked for a petroleum company for 15 years and discovered many facts about how this product impacts our world. Through years of research, it has become crystal clear that we are making our lives less enjoyable by taking shortcuts through unnatural, manmade means. There can be a happy balance and by learning where we went wrong, the best of both worlds is possible. After years in corporate America, I moved to a 3-acre mini-farm where I continue my research and writing along with my kitties, Lizzie, Shadow and BK and bulldog, Bux.

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