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A few days ago you may have read a post sharing some tips for a smooth bedtime routine for children. I love that Erin has such a good bedtime routine and she goes to sleep easily most nights but I wish I could say the same for myself. Over the years, I have had quite a few problems when it comes to sleeping and sometimes I can really struggle. There are nights where I can go to bed quite early but still be laid there wide away 3 hours later. There are nights where John’s snoring keeps me awake but that’s a different problem altogether!
Being a bit sick of being tired all of the time or not getting enough sleep, I’ve been looking into different ways to get a better night’s sleep as an adult… that doesn’t including kicking your husband out into the spare bedroom!
Sometimes John and I can eat quite late depending on when he gets home from work or what time Erin has gone to bed. Although we still manage to eat at least a couple of hours before we go to bed we can end up feeling full still by this time and that’s not really very good. While we might not be able to help what time John gets home from work we are able to watch our portion sizes and maybe eat a little bit less on these days.
Now, I am the worst for not putting my phone or laptop down before bed. Most nights I can be found on the couch watching television while I work and only turning it off right before bed. I know that really, I should be turning this off at least an hour before I go to bed, if not longer before, but unfortunately, life gets in the way and that’s not always possible. Also, sometimes I don’t really know when I’m going to be going to bed. Some nights I suddenly feel like going to bed at 9:30 and then other nights it can be 11:30 or midnight.
I am also terrible for playing a bit of Candy Crush before bed, while I’m in bed! This isn’t something I’ve managed to stop yet but I have cut down how long I play it for each night now. This might not be a massive help but it is at least cutting down the time I am laid in bed but not even attempting to get to sleep.
Routine and consistency
Just like children, we work better on routine and a regular bedtime and waking up time can really help. I definitely haven’t got this down yet but I am making a conscious effort to go to bed a bit earlier every night. I would love to be able to go to bed at 10pm every night but sometimes I’m either not tired at all or have loads of other things to do first.
Just like with everything else, we can all use a little bit of help sometimes and Utmost Me’s Neuro Rest could be just the thing you need. These are natural sleeping pills and I have been trying it out for nearly a month now and have definitely seen a difference. So, with Neuro Rest you are advised to start off with 1 capsule a night for the first 4 nights and then move up to 2 capsules per night.
After the first 4 days of only taking 1 capsule I really didn’t feel any differently at all. I was still laid in bed staring at the ceiling for god knows how long before I finally fell asleep at some unknown time. My mind is very overactive sometimes, especially if I have a lot of work to get through or we have things going on at home. I find it really hard to switch off completely
Over the next week or so when I was taking 2 capsules a night I noticed that I was falling asleep quite a lot quicker than before. Sometimes, I could have looked at the time and it was 2+ hours later than when I’d actually gone to bed but I was maybe looking and it only being 30-45 minutes or so which was a clear improvement. However, although I was falling asleep much quicker, I was still waking up tired in the morning and not getting out of bed. Maybe that’s just me not being a morning person though and wanting to stay where it’s warm.
After a couple of weeks of using Utmost Me’s Neuro Rest I am falling asleep so much quicker than I was before. Now, it’s rare that I even manage to look at the time at all because I’m asleep before I can do that. I have found that I have also been waking up less during the night as before I would wake up at least 2-3 times, if not more. Because of this, I am also waking up better in the morning and not being quite so grumpy about having to get out of bed.
While I have seen a difference in how quickly I am able to get to sleep I also have to take into account the other things I have been doing such as cutting down on food and screen time. I think all of these things have contributed to a better night’s sleep so I wouldn’t like to say it was just one thing that did it. Neuro Rest certainly isn’t a magical fix for not being able to sleep/ having a bad sleep pattern but as it includes 5-HTP (which helps to reduce anxiety and insomnia)it hasn’t hurt to add it into your daily routine.
More Options for Better Sleep
Maybe you can partner your supplements with treatment for your sleep-related issues. Talk with a specialist about your desire to improve the quality of your sleep.
Leading treatment for sleep disorders includes cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, CPAP therapy for sleep apnea, and lifestyle changes. Find out what CPAP machines look like or how much they cost here.
Sleep is becoming precious and probably elusive as we grow older—all the more reason not to sleep on solutions that help us get that much-needed rejuvenating rest.
Do you have any tips for getting a better night’s sleep? I’d love to hear them.