7 Simple Self Care Tricks on How to Sleep Better

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7 Simple Self Care Tricks on How to Sleep Better | Sleep better tips that can help you catch more Zzz if you're experiencing temporary insomnia or having trouble getting up in the morning. A good sleep helps to reduce stress, improve mood, boost concentration and memory, and reduce the risk of depression, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and more. Booyah! Plus I have a free printable checklist waiting for you. Click through for the goodness.

Hello Lovelies:

Raise your hand if you’re feeling sleepy! If your hand’s in the air (or you’re nodding along because you’re too flipping tired to raise it) you aren’t alone. The amount of us experience poor quality sleep on the regular is astounding!

More than 60 million American’s reported that they suffer from poor quality sleep. And I’m sure that we aren’t doing much better up here in Canada (or most of the world for that matter). We live in a go-go-go society after all. It can be really hard to turn your brain off for the night.

But I have some good news! There are some incredibly simple self care activities out there that pack a powerful punch in the sleep department. And you can easily add to your routine! Sounds fantastic right?

Let’s talk about how to sleep better and the 7 simple self care activities that can help:

Sleep Deprivation is No Fun

I think we’ve all experienced the discomforts associated with lack of sleep at some point in our lives. And many of us are feeling groggy on the regular. The proof is in the pudding – Americans alone drink around 400 million cups of coffee a day. A freaking day! So we must be in need of some serious fuel to help us stay awake. (source)

Personally, sleep and I are in a very committed relationship. I need it. Like honestly cannot function without a solid 8 or 9 hours. And this has only become more true since my Autoimmunity kicked in. (Anyone else this way too?)

The worst part:

Graves Diseases causes insomnia! An experience I certainly didn’t enjoy. Thankfully I’m happily in remission (yahoo!) But I can definitely attest to how incredibly infuriating and aggravating it can be to want nothing more than to sleep… but to feel incapable.

It’s maddening! Pre-diagnosis I felt like I had simply forgotten how to make sleep happen. It seemed like a super power that slipped from my grasp. No matter how exhausted I was sleep rarely found me. And when it did it certainly wasn’t restful.

So let’s just say that I will never ever take sleep for granted again! My bedtime routine is a serious part of my self care routine. And I cherish every cozy moment in dream land. When I’m having a little trouble I have some simple, go-to self care options that work wonders (number 4 and 5 on the ‘How to Sleep Better’ Self Care list below are my personal faves!)

Since sleep troubles are pretty darn common I thought we should sit down together talk about how to sleep better and the self care activities that can help.

But before we dive in…

I want to stress that it’s so incredibly important that you talk with your doctor if you have persistent trouble sleeping. Insomnia and other sleep related issues can be a sign of health problems (like Graves Disease and many others). Your doctor can work with you to see if there’s a deeper issue that needs some attention.

If there is something else at play, a diagnosis and treatment may very well have you sleeping like a baby again in no time. It certainly worked wonders for me!

Sound good? Awesome! Let’s do this!

Since there’s a ton to digest I made you a little ‘How to Sleep Better’ printable check list that you can easily refer to while you create an awesome bedtime routine. You can get your free copy right here:

How Lack of Sleep Affects Your Health

7 Simple Self Care Tricks on How to Sleep Better | Sleep better tips that can help you catch more Zzz if you're experiencing temporary insomnia or having trouble getting up in the morning. A good sleep helps to reduce stress, improve mood, boost concentration and memory, and reduce the risk of depression, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and more. Booyah! Plus I have a free printable checklist waiting for you. Click through for the goodness.

Not spending enough time in dream town can have some unfortunate affects on your health. Some of the badness includes:

  • Poor memory
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Bad mood
  • Increased risk of depression, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and other health issues

Which is why it’s so important that we work with our doctors when needed and do our best to form an awesome sleep routine (source). Sleep is serious business friends!

7 Simple Self Care Tricks on How to Sleep Better

1. Drink Up

Me hearties, yo ho! (I’m sorry, I had to… does anyone else have the sudden urge to watch Pirates of the Caribbean now?)

But in all seriousness, I’m in no way recommending that you drink alcohol to get a better sleep. That’s truly not how to sleep better. It can actually interfere with sleep… which goes against everything we’re striving for!

But chamomile tea, on the other hand, might help.

Dr. Charlene Gamaldo, medical director of Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep at Howard County General Hospital, recommends chamomile tea as a natural sleep aid option.

How does it help? Dr. Gamaldo has this to say:

“It’s believed to have flavonoids that may interact with benzodiazepine receptors in the brain that are also involved with the sleep-wake transition.” (source)

Which is a fancy way of saying that is helps you transition from a state of wakefulness to a state of sleepiness. And hey, chamomile tea is also caffeine free. Which means that there’s no sleep disruption potential here either. Total score!

Dr. Gamaldo also suggests tart cherry juice.

Which I found totally surprising! I’ve never heard of drinking that down to catch some Zzz. But I’m certainly interested in trying it next time I need a little help in the sleep department. Would you give this a go too?

If you’re as shocked as I am about tart cherry juice you may be super stoked to find out how it can help! It’s possible that it might support melatonin production, which is a huge part of a healthy sleep cycle (source). Isn’t that a surprisingly cool option on our ‘How to Sleep Better’ list?

2. Exercise During the Day

7 Simple Self Care Tricks on How to Sleep Better | Sleep better tips that can help you catch more Zzz if you're experiencing temporary insomnia or having trouble getting up in the morning. A good sleep helps to reduce stress, improve mood, boost concentration and memory, and reduce the risk of depression, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and more. Booyah! Plus I have a free printable checklist waiting for you. Click through for the goodness.

While you might not think that working up a sweat can help you sleep, it actually has a lot to offer!

Just 150 minutes of exercise per week can improve your sleep quality by up to 65%. That’s a pretty big improvement if you ask me! Even better, it can even help people with insomnia sleep better and feel more energized throughout the day. (source 1source 2)

I know that 150 minutes sounds like a little much. But if we break it down it’s actually not so scary! Walking just 30 minutes a day adds up to 210 minutes a week. Bam! Which also exceeds the recommended amount of moderate exercise you need weekly to keep that body happy and healthy too. So you’re winning on all accounts!

But wait, it gets better! The mood boosting and relaxing effects of regular exercise helps you sleep easier too! (source)

So schedule in a little yoga time, go for a walk, lift weights… whatever form of exercise you prefer. You may be a sleep pro again in no time!

Related: 8 Super Benefits of Exercise and How to Make it a Fun Part of Your Routine

3. Put Your Electronics Away

7 Simple Self Care Tricks on How to Sleep Better | Sleep better tips that can help you catch more Zzz if you're experiencing temporary insomnia or having trouble getting up in the morning. A good sleep helps to reduce stress, improve mood, boost concentration and memory, and reduce the risk of depression, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and more. Booyah! Plus I have a free printable checklist waiting for you. Click through for the goodness.

Quick – what do cell phones, computers, tablets, and TVs have in common? They emit blue light baby! And because of that they also hinder melatonin production.

What is melatonin exactly?

This hormone controls your sleep/wake cycle (which you may also know as your circadian rhythm). If you want to have a good nights sleep you really want your melatonin to be doing it’s thang! And staring at your cell phone until you hit the hay isn’t helping. (source)

On top of that, focusing on your tech all night keeps your mind alert and engaged. Which is basically the anti-sleep! When that brain of yours doesn’t have the chance to disconnect and unwind it’s harder to turn it off for the night. (source)

While this may be one of the more difficult ones on the ‘How to Sleep Better’ list, try to at least limit your electronic use 3 hours before bed. And if you absolutely can’t avoid your phone (I feel ya, it happens) lower the brightness or look for an app that dims the blue light. 

There are tons of blue light dimming options! And a lot of phones actually come with blue light filters built in. You can even schedule them to turn on automatically. Booyah!

4. Stick to a Sleep Schedule

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Listen… I get that this one is difficult. And if anyone is guilty of weekend sleep in sessions it’s totally me. Because sometimes it’s just too delicious to pass up.

While an extra hour or so might be ok for some of us, others are really affected by changes in their sleep schedule. If you find yourself struggling to get out of bed for work at the beginning of every week it might be time to stick to a schedule. (Sorry!)

Keeping a regular sleep schedule helps to maintain your circadian rhythm. Which may mean fewer issues. People who keep a regular sleep schedule actually experience lower levels of insomnia and depression than those who don’t! For some of us it’s a “how to sleep better” must!

But what if you were up later than usual?

Don’t be afraid to try out an afternoon nap to catch up on missed Zzz.

Here’s what naps bring to the table:

  • Make you feel more alert and energized
  • Boost creativity
  • Improve memory
  • Increase productivity
  • Help you learn
  • Reduce stress
  • Lower the risk of heart disease

You just need to learn how to nap like a pro!

I actually hesitated adding naps to our ‘How to Sleep Better’ list because they only help if you approach them the right way. Nap for too long and you may wake up feeling super tired. Nap too late and you might find yourself up later than usual.

A good power nap is only 20 to 40 minutes long. Unless you have 90 minutes to spare, don’t rest any longer than 40 minutes… or you could wake up feeling sleepy and groggy. Which sounds just about as awful as it would feel.

Try and nap before 3 o’clock. If you push it too late you might have a hard time sleeping later that night. Which will have you feeling sleepy in the morning… it’s a viscous cycle friend!

Related: 4 Awesome Stress Relieving Activities From Your Childhood

5. Take a Hot Bath or Shower Before Bed

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This is a personal favourite! I’ve gotten flack before for declaring my night bathing status, but I stand by it. It’s awesome! And hey, if you want to know how to sleep better this option is a decadent win!

How does it work?

Your body temperature naturally drops at night, starting about two hours before you typically go sleep. And a hot shower or bath gets the ball rolling. The hot water causes your temperatures to rise one or two degrees and when you get out they drop down fast. The same can be said if you soak until the water starts to cool… pruney fingers are in after all. (I may do this often!)

Joyce Walsleben, PhD, associate professor at New York University School of Medicine recommends baths for a great sleep:

“If you raise your temperature a degree or two with a bath, the steeper drop at bedtime is more likely to put you in a deep sleep.” Showers don’t work quite as well. But they can still help. (source)

Timing is key!

If you want to really cash in on the benefits that a hot bath or shower have to offer aim to take one about an hour or two before bed.

And if a bath or shower is not an option, don’t you worry! There’s another relaxing “how to sleep better” option. A hot foot bath yo! This study showed that people who took a bath or enjoyed a foot bath before bed slept better. They fell asleep faster and experienced a deeper sleep! So spoil those adorable feet. 😉

Related: You’ll Want to Relax for Hours in this DIY Nourishing Coconut Milk Bath

My favourite part? You can make this a fantastic self care extravaganza by lighting beeswax candles, putting some essential oils in your diffuser and grabing a good book. Which brings me to my next point…

6. Read a Good Book

7 Simple Self Care Tricks on How to Sleep Better | Sleep better tips that can help you catch more Zzz if you're experiencing temporary insomnia or having trouble getting up in the morning. A good sleep helps to reduce stress, improve mood, boost concentration and memory, and reduce the risk of depression, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and more. Booyah! Plus I have a free printable checklist waiting for you. Click through for the goodness.

Reading is a wonderful way to relax! It distracts your mind, allows you to unwind and immerses you into another world. And offers some serious stress reduction. 

Neuropsychologist Dr David Lewis found that reading for just 6 minutes can reduce stress by up to 68%. Reading offers a distraction that allows you to unwind, relax and prepare for sleep.

But there’s more! Dr. Lewis has this to say about reading:

“This is more than merely a distraction but an active engaging of the imagination as the words on the printed page stimulate your creativity and cause you to enter what is essentially an altered state of consciousness.” (source)

Which is fancy talk for dream fodder! Because a good book can certainly lead to some wonderful dreams.

And genre doesn’t matter, according to Dr. Lewis.

“It really doesn’t matter what book you read, by losing yourself in a thoroughly engrossing book you can escape from the worries and stresses of the everyday world[…]” (source)

But maybe avoid an intense thriller or horror just in case. I don’t know about you, but that could easily keep me awake all night. It also helps to make sure that it’s not something so engrossing that you’ll stay up all night reading. Because that will definitely make you tired!

And, of course, make sure to read a physical book. We want to avoid electronics because those blue lights could undo all of the goodness books have to offer.

7. Consider Temporarily Using Supplements

7 Simple Self Care Tricks on How to Sleep Better | Sleep better tips that can help you catch more Zzz if you're experiencing temporary insomnia or having trouble getting up in the morning. A good sleep helps to reduce stress, improve mood, boost concentration and memory, and reduce the risk of depression, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and more. Booyah! Plus I have a free printable checklist waiting for you. Click through for the goodness.

Sleep support supplements are becoming more and more popular! In fact, approximately 3 million Americans reported using melatonin sleep aids back in 2012. And I wouldn’t be surprised if that number’s bigger today!

But do they actually work?

They might be a good temporary option, according to Johns Hopkins sleep expert Luis F. Buenaver, Ph.D., C.B.S.M. “[…] You can try a supplement on a short-term basis if you’re experiencing insomnia, want to overcome jet lag, or are a night owl who needs to get to bed earlier and wake up earlier, such as for work or school.” (source)

He also suggests giving melatonin a go if you’ve been having trouble sleeping for more than a night or two.

Natural sleep supplements may even help people with insomnia fall asleep slightly faster. Which is so awesome! And they might also be helpful for night owls who need to adjust their schedule. These can help you fall asleep earlier which will have you waking earlier. Holla! (source)

But Dr. Buenaver wants to remind us that less is more:

“If melatonin for sleep isn’t helping after a week or two, stop using it. And if your sleep problems continue, talk with your health care provider. If melatonin does seem to help, it’s safe for most people to take nightly for one to two months. After that, stop and see how your sleep is. Be sure you’re also relaxing before bed, keeping the lights low and sleeping in a cool, dark, comfortable bedroom for optimal results.” (source)

But he does have one major caveat…

You shouldn’t use melatonin or other related natural sleep supplements if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have an autoimmune disorder, brain or seizure disorders or depression. So myself and my fellow Graves Disease warriors are definitely out of luck in this department. Shucks!

Also, talk to your doctor before taking a sleep supplement if you have diabetes or high blood pressure. It’s possible that melatonin supplements can raise blood-sugar levels and even increase your blood pressure if you’re taking certain hypertension medications. Which is bad news bears my friends.

It’s always best to play it safe before taking a new supplement, especially if you have pre-existing health issues.

Thanks for hangin’ in there with me. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t you worry! I put all of these ‘How to Sleep Better’ points into a checklist that you can print out and refer to while you build a killer bedtime routine. Download your goodness by entering your deets below. Yass!

Isn’t it amazing how a few simple self care activities can make such a lovely difference in your sleep?

Is there anything that you’d add to our ‘How to Sleep Better’ list? What are you most excited to try? Share your lovely thoughts in the comments below.

Health and love,

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Sara Flanagan is a wellness writer and the creator of www.mshealthesteem.com, where she shares her story of being diagnosed with Graves Disease, a chronic autoimmune disease, and empowering herself to do everything she can to thrive in spite of her diagnosis. She writes articles on self-love, acceptance, wellness and nutrition. Join the Health-Esteem Family today and share in the journey.

47 Comments

  1. Reply

    Kasia Mikolajczak (@KasiaMikola)

    July 11, 2018

    These are all great idea. I definitely think keeping a consistent schedule is the key. I’m not that good with that lol. Also I like to watch TV b4 bed so I know that’s not good but it’s how I usually relax.

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      Sara

      July 18, 2018

      I totally agree with you on the schedule. I’m not always the best at that either. I like to indulge in a sleep in day sometimes on the weekend. But thankfully that doesn’t seem to affect me badly (it can be a huge problem causer for some people).

      I think we’re all different – so if watching TV before bed works for you and you experience a restful sleep then I don’t see any reason why you need to worry about it. It’s just something to consider if your’e experiencing problems. All that matters is that we’re well rested and feel awesome :).

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    deimile

    July 11, 2018

    Great advice, I swear by exercise during the day and schedule (for as much as Netflix messes that up for me at times!). I never knew how sleep deprivation can affect you until I had kids, with both I had an incident where I started running fever only because of lack of sleep, God knows what else this does to your body in the long run!

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      Sara

      July 18, 2018

      I’m so happy exercise works wonders for you too Deimile! I really think it’s so cool how much working out can boost our wellness. I certainly notice a difference :).

      I can only imagine the new appreciation for sleep that a new parent must develop. I hope that your little ones sleep through the night really well now so you can catch some Zzz too. Hopefully there are no more sleep deprivation related fevers in your future. Wishing you well <3.

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    Shannon Dewease

    July 12, 2018

    Awesome tips! I actually use a couple of these but I, also, found new ways to help get a good night’s sleep! Had to pin for future reference!

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      Sara

      July 18, 2018

      I’m so glad you found this helpful Shannon! That’s wonderful :). What tips have worked for you in the past? I hope the new ones that you add to your routine are a fantastic help too. Here’s to a good night’s sleep!

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    Maricel Dragan

    July 13, 2018

    Definitively I have to stick to a sleep routine and keep my phone away! great tips!

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      Sara

      July 18, 2018

      I’m happy you’re inspired to try some new self-care activities for a better sleep Maricel! I hope that it helps a ton. Let me know how it goes 🙂

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    Emily Rose

    July 13, 2018

    I keep a routine in the morning and at night. Makes keeping a sleep schedule easier too. I have heard that getting moderate exercise during the day will help a person sleep better at night. I have been trying to exercise more anyway, but now I have another good reason. Thanks for sharing!

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      Sara

      July 18, 2018

      Isn’t it amazing how a routine can help Emily? I actually keep a super morning routine and it really helps me ease into the morning. I think it’s so important and paves the way towards a better day! I bet you’re absolutely right in saying that that helps paves the way towards a better sleep too.

      I hope that you find that exercise helps. It has a heck of a lot of goodness to offer :). Choose something you find fun and you can easily create a fitness routine you adore. Let me know how it goes! Wishing you the best <3

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    healthyfitcouple.com

    July 14, 2018

    All great tips, selfcare is part of our wellness programs.

    • Reply

      Sara

      July 18, 2018

      Self care is such an incredible aspect of our health. I’m glad you agree 🙂

  7. Reply

    astoldbytory

    July 14, 2018

    As a new mom to twins, sleep is so valuable to me 😭 I miss it. Thank you for your post and all of the great tips!

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      Sara

      July 18, 2018

      Congratulations Tory! I can only imagine how sleepy you must be – especially with two new little ones. You are so rocking it <3. Hopefully there's a nice nap in your near future. And I'll keep my fingers crossed that your little ones become awesome sleepers soon so you can enjoy a restful night sleep.

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    tidbitsbytaylor

    July 14, 2018

    Great tips ! I will definitely try to implement some of them 🙂

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      Sara

      July 18, 2018

      That’s wonderful Taylor! I hope that they help :). It’s always fun to discover new self care activities that make us feel awesome ^^. Let me know how it goes!

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    notquitesupermommn

    July 14, 2018

    Who doesn’t love a great night of sleep!? These are some wonderful tips. I find that when I get off schedule and am up late it’s WAY harder to fall asleep than had I stuck to my normal bedtime. Happy ZZZZ’s everyone!

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      Sara

      July 18, 2018

      Right? Sleeps is magical and feels so flipping good ^^. It’s amazing how much sticking to a schedule can help! I find sleeping in occasionally doesn’t upset my schedule, but staying up late totally throws me off! Glad I’m not alone! Wishing you the best!

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    sarganser

    July 15, 2018

    thanks for sharing, this is exactly what I need, been struggling with my sleep for a while now and having to wake up at 5 am does not help as I do not get enough sleep(takes me very long to fall asleep) will follow your tips and see if there will be any improvement.

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      Sara

      July 18, 2018

      I really hope that they help Sarganser! Is waking up at 5am a new part of your routine? It can take a while to adjust by these self care activities might make a little easier while your internal clock resets. Wishing you a restful sleep! Let me know if these activities make a difference for you <3

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    Kate Werthmann

    July 15, 2018

    Not that i like to rely on it but sometimes i take nyquil to force sleep. i almost daily read before bed, sometimes jst a few minutes until i zonk out, sometimes its til 3am because its a good book! Not that I can relate to graves disease (congrats on remission- health!) but when my cycle comes there’s at least one day where igo in to work each month that i had about an hour of sleep. luckily my boss and coworkers are all dudes so they dont even notice my lack of sleep face and dark bags. (i out blue in the bottom 6 inches of my hair- bold ass blue like a comic book character, and it took 5 weeks to notice… so….) if you know anyone who does pure romance house parties, there have a few things that i like that help calm me down enough to relax- miracle oil, which is basically just tea tree and eucalyptus and also their basic instinct rolled on to my temples. helps with headaches, too.

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      Sara

      July 18, 2018

      A fellow reader! I love it! I find they definitely help me konk out too, but I’ve been in the ‘this is too interesting to put down’ trap a few times as well hahaha. It can be a bit of a double edged sword, can’t it?

      I actually enjoy putting a eucalyptus rub on my chest in the summer time before bed. I find it’s so cooling in this summer heat; makes it easier to sleep! I’m glad it’s not just me! And I bet the tea tree added in makes it twice as awesome. I’ll have to look into it! Thank you so much for sharing Kate :).

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    Sheila Price

    July 16, 2018

    You definitely covered your bases here! Thanks for all the great tips. Regular good sleep is super important!

    • Reply

      Sara

      July 18, 2018

      Thank you so much Sheila! That means the world to me. I put in a lot of research time for each post. I think it’s so important to make sure that information like this is both helpful and accurate. I’m really glad you liked that :).

      And I couldn’t agree more – we all deserve a restful sleep. It feels amazing and affects our health so deeply. While we are all so different, this is one self care activity we all need to priority :D. Wishing you well!

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    Asheli Godfrey

    July 17, 2018

    Thank You for this! I have such trouble sleeping and have found that exercise helps as well as hot baths and on occasion I resort to Melatonin or Valerian root.

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      Sara

      July 18, 2018

      I’m happy to hear that that works for you Asheli! That’s wonderful :). Thank you tons for sharing your experiences! Hopefully you find that your sleep troubles happen less and less as time goes on. It’s always wonderful when self care activities make a difference <3

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    Heather LeGuilloux

    July 17, 2018

    I really love your section about how to take a nap! There are times when I feel like I could really use a nap, especially if I didn’t have enough sleep the night before, but often times I will wake up feel groggy and worse from a nap.. so these tips will very much come in handy for my next nap! Thank you!

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      Sara

      July 18, 2018

      Oh that makes me so happy Heather! Hopefully you’ll be a pro napper in no time! I used to experience the same issue so I did a little research and I’ve had no problems since. Let me know if this makes a difference for you too :). Sending tons of love your way <3

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    Ashley Mills

    July 17, 2018

    I love your writing style! It feels more like a conversation than an article, and I appreciate that. I also believe in getting lots of good sleep. I have found so many of these to be true! Especially putting away tech! I rarely have trouble sleeping, and a lot of these reasons is why 🙂 thanks for sharing

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      Sara

      July 18, 2018

      Oh you’ve made my day Ashley! Thank you! I try really hard to include as many resources as possible to make sure that I’m accurate and that my readers can look deeper into things themselves… but I sometimes wonder if it takes away from the conversational tone. And your comment has eased my worries <3. You're the absolute sweetest! Thank you!

      I'm also super glad that these self care strategies have helped you too! I think the effect that blue lights from our tech can have on our sleep patterns is so weird (and cool - total nerd over here haha). I love that something as simple as putting your phone away can help you sleep. Isn't that amazing? Wishing you the best 🙂

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    Chelsea HerPapwerRoute.com

    July 17, 2018

    What a thorough post! thank you for this information! I really enjoy your writing style. https://herpaperroute.com

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      Sara

      July 18, 2018

      Thank you Chelsea! You got me blushing over here ^^. I really appreciate your kind words – made my day brighter. Wishing you well <3

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    Love, Sawyer

    July 18, 2018

    Sleep is so important! I’m pretty lucky in that I’ve never had a problem falling asleep, but I absolutely love taking a hot shower before bed.

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      Sara

      July 18, 2018

      I’m so happy you’ve never experienced a poor night sleep Sawyer! May you always sleep well :D. I’m sure that nightly hot shower routine is a huge help! I swear by the magic of hot water before bed haha. I’m glad I’m not the only one!

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    Des & Jen

    July 18, 2018

    Thank you for sharing this post. Very helpful. ♥️

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      Sara

      July 18, 2018

      And so happy you found it helpful Des and Jen. Thank you tons for letting me know <3

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    Aditinona

    July 18, 2018

    Great tips for someone like me who suffers from insomnia, have tried a few things already but will give a try to those which are still left, thanks for sharing a greta post

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      Sara

      July 18, 2018

      I’m so sorry you’re experiencing insomnia hun! It’s awful <3. I hope that these new self care strategies help. And, if it keeps up, I definitely encourage you to talk to your doctor if you haven't already. Wishing that there's some relief for you in the near future and sending all my love!

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    Jennifer Webb

    July 18, 2018

    Sara, I love these tips! I just found your blog (thanks for commenting on mine) and I can’t wait to read some more when I have time! <3

    • Reply

      Sara

      July 18, 2018

      That makes me so happy, Jennifer! Thank you! And thank you for sharing inspirational and motivational content too. The world definitely needs more goodness and I appreciate that you’re working hard to put more out there <3

      • Reply

        Jennifer Webb

        July 18, 2018

        I am so glad that you are enjoying the blog. The whole reason for it is to try to help people, to know that someone is reading, and getting some benefit from it is incredibly fulfilling. <3

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    Travel With A SIlver Lining

    July 18, 2018

    so many good tips, thank you 🙂

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    Elly's diary

    July 19, 2018

    I am guilty of not turning technology away…and not sticking to a constant regime…should totally follow your advice! 🙂 The perfect article for me! :* xx

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Hiya! I’m Sara

I’m a wellness writer, Graves Disease thriver and self-love advocate.

And I’m passionate about empowering you to prioritize self-care and love yourself fiercely.

Let’s have some fun!

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