5 Tips & 5 Giveaways to Improve Your Sleep

   By SheSpeaksTeam  Jan 10, 2012

Boost your mood, improve your resolve and regulate your eating habits with some extra zzz's. 

Do you pay attention to how much sleep you get each night or do you sometimes cheat yourself from valuable sleep time?  Sleep is not just vital for regular functions it's also important to help us with stress management and reducing daytime fatigue. 

If you gave yourself some new diet and fitness resolutions this year or you're working to cut back or quit a habit, you should include extra sleep in your plan.  It will help improve your mood when you are feeling deprived and increase your resolve to meet that goal.  Many people make bad food choices when they are tired.  Do you want to be sharp and full of energy every day?  Well, it may be easier to achieve than you may think.  How you feel while you are awake, greatly depends on how you sleep.

If you struggle to get a good night of sleep you are not alone.  Some people find it difficult to sleep through the night without at least one bout of restlessness or running to the bathroom. Others find it difficult to fall asleep or wake up in the morning.  According to a recent SheSpeaks poll 62.8% of you said you sleep poorly during these days of shorter daylight. 17.5% reported having continuous sleep problems. Many of the problems that make it difficult to sleep are emotional or environmental. Reducing these factors will help your ability to sleep through the night.

Some simple sleep strategies can be essential for a deep sleep. Here are our five sleep-promoting techniques to enhance the quality of sleep you get:

  1. Keep a regular sleep schedule: Go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every day.
  2. Create a relaxing bedtime routine: Keep noise down with a sound machine or fan and keep your room slightly cool (around around 65° F).
  3. Exercise regularly: 30mins of activity anytime during the day will help you sleep more deeply. You can also do stretches before bed.
  4. Eat right: Avoid large meals at night, cut down on caffeine after lunch, and refrain from drinking alcohol before bed. Alcohol will create a restless sleep waking you up 4-5hours in. If you want a light snack around bedtime aim for a low-sugar cereal, granola or banana.
  5. Read at bedtime: Watching TV before bed stimulates your brain and therefore wakes you up. Reading a book is both non-stimulating and will keep you out of your head, helping you avoid stressing and planning the next day.

Most importantly, remember to make sleep a priority. Instead of cutting back on it for other tasks you have to complete, schedule it on your list. Having a good night rest will lay the foundation for a more productive, creative day.

Do you have certain products you use to help relax and get comfortable for a good night's sleep, maybe a clock, or super soft bedding, a favorite bath product or a good book?  Whatever you use to get ready for bed we'd like to hear your recommendations.

If you share your reviews and recommendations this week you'll be entered for a chance to win one of our giveaway prizes. Submit your favorite sleep, slumber or relaxation product to SheSpeaks Reviews OR add a comment to this blog post by 6pm EST on January 16th, 2011. You can enter a review AND a comment and you will have two entries to win!



Philips Wake-up Light

S2H STEP Pedometer (3 winners)

Lavender Chamomile Bubble
Bath by Deep Steep


The contest starts January 10, 2012 and ends January 16, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. Must be a US resident. No purchase necessary.


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kelseyjl by kelseyjl | Bismarck, ND
Jan 27, 2012

I have a sleep disorder in which I can sleep and sleep and sleep, but I never wake up feeling rested and doctors don't know why, just something wrong in my brain. I've always wanted to try a product like this but so far only very expensive stimulant medication has helped relieve the sleepiness. I don't want to spend $100 here and $100 there trying a bunch of products only to have them not work so it would be awesome to win this!

egindin by egindin | reading, PA
Jan 22, 2012

I enjoy a hot shower with my favorite scented bath gel right before I go to sleep. I make sure that when I get out, I can just towel off and head straight to bed and do some light reading before dozing off.

Jan 17, 2012

My tip for sleep is having my 2 kids((((LOL my girls---dogs a lab & a sheba-inu))) with us in bed every nightt--

jerylt by jerylt | ABERDEEN, NJ
Jan 16, 2012

I don't try to force sleep. I just lie in my bed and relax and think about things.

Cristee1037 by Cristee1037 | MONTVALE, NJ
Jan 16, 2012

I sleep best in the rain. I have found that keeping a fountain running next to the bed helps me to relax just like the rain!

drummell by drummell | Portage, IN
Jan 16, 2012

Sleep is very hard to get on a routine with four kids! Ranging from 12 to 3 months. Usually I'll get all but one to bed at the same time and then struggle with the last one! My bedtime ranges from 930 - 1am!! It's crazy. But when I do get a chance to myself, I try to take a hot relaxing shower and curl up with a good book!

caligirl26 by caligirl26 | Carlsbad, CA
Jan 15, 2012

I take Tylenol PM to help me sleep and to help with back pain. It's good for any other kind of pain you may have or if you have allergies. I buy the generic brand and I save a ton of money that way.

basilandcatnip by basilandcatnip | GARLAND, TX
Jan 15, 2012

Ear plugs. Sleep mask. And all natural fabrics. Good scents in the room. Read something positive just before you turn out the light and put head on pillow.

songinc by songinc | Marlboro, NJ
Jan 15, 2012

hot cup of tea

mon1130 by mon1130 | New York, NY
Jan 15, 2012

melatonin helps too!

kristiniskickin by kristiniskickin | JARRETTSVILLE, MD
Jan 15, 2012

I can only sleep if I have a fan on. I love the soft noise.

Jan 14, 2012

I like to lie in bed and watch/listen to my favorite shows that kind of lull me to sleep.

pricousins by pricousins | Joppa, MD
Jan 14, 2012

Work tends to keep me up at night - I get in bed, tired as anything - and I can't sleep thinking about all the things I have to do at work the next day.

dawnhawley by dawnhawley | Denver, CO
Jan 14, 2012

Years ago a read about a sleep study that had been done in Norway (I think...) Anyway, in the study they found that people who wear socks to bed sleep more deeply than those who don't. I tested the idea for myself and found that I wake up less when I am wearing socks and that I fall asleep more quickly.

Painteddaisey1 by Painteddaisey1 | China Spring, TX
Jan 14, 2012

I have trouble sleeping and dislike the use of medicines to help me sleep . I love the fragrance of lavender and mist my clean pillow case with it and always use lavender scent in my bath water , it relaxes me and I drift off to a good , restful sleep .