Do you struggle to get a great nights sleep?
Do you toss and turn and wake up in the morning grumpy that you only got a bit of sleep?
Two weeks ago I would have said a resounding YES to both of these questions. All this changed when I flew to P&G headquarters in Cincinnati for their Science of Sleep Event!
Ladies and Gentleman the 24 hours I spent in Cincinnati were life changing! I mean oh my goodness I am sleeping through the night and waking up rested life changing!
I honestly don’t know the last time I could say that I had a great nights sleep before this event. It was not uncommon for me to be up at 2am chatting with readers on our Facebook Page and replying to emails. *Total plug for our Facebook page, if you are not a fan come and join the fun!* OK now back to our regular programming 🙂
I was barely sleeping 4-5 hours a night and was waking up grumpy, grouchy and not very pleasant some mornings. My poor Husband would quietly roll out of bed in hopes of not waking me up so I could get a bit more sleep.
When I was invited to the Science of Sleep event I wanted to cry in joy! This was the perfect event for me! I could not have asked to attend anything better. So with all of that being said you know I have to bring all of you the amazing information I learned from P&G.
I hope this helps you get a great night’s sleep!
This week P&G is rolling out it’s new Sweet Dreams Collection. The collection includes Tide plus A touch of Downy Sweet Dreams, Downy UNSTOPABLES Dreams, Downy Infusions Sweet Dreams and Bounce Sweet Dreams. Each of these products can help transform our bedtime fabrics so they help us relax and get a great night’s sleep.
10 Tips for getting a better nights sleep!
1. Establish a regular bedtime
I know this is so hard with our crazy lives but it has helped me immensely. We learned that trying to “catch up” on sleep over the weekend can actually have a reverse effect and make you even more tired on Monday.
2. Prepare mentally and physically for bedtime
Establish a routine that helps you unwind and prepare for sleep. Do something calming like reading, listening to music, taking a hot bath will help get you ready for a great nights sleep
3. Create a sleep haven
Create a comforting environment that promotes sleep, an area that is dark, quiet, cool and comfortable. YEP! This is the perfect reason to go out and get super luxurious sheets or black out shades that make your feel comfortable in your bedroom.
4. Fill the air with calming scents
This is one that I was really not to sure about until I went to the Science of Sleep event. I am normally a non-scent person. I don’t like strong smells and thought that having them in the bedroom would bug me. Boy was I wrong! P&G gave us snuggies that were washed in their Sleep Serenity line and it is my favorite thing in the world right now. I wrap myself up in the snuggie and 2 seconds later I am out. I wake up sitting in the same position and have been sleeping better than I ever have before.
The calming scent of Warm Milk and Honey or Moonlit Lavender from the Febreeze Sleep Serenity Collection now fills our bedroom with relaxing scents nightly. The scents in your bedroom should be calming and relaxing. Having a vibrant scent can keep you from getting a great night sleep. The scents in your bedroom should be different from the scents in your kitchen.
5. Avoid Day Time Naps
I know this is hard! Trust me I am a nap taker. We learned that naps need to be 20 minutes or less OR 90 minutes or longer. If we take a nap that lasts between 20-90 minutes we are waking up during a deep sleep cycle which causes us to be even more groggy and sleepy.
6. Gadget free bedroom
OK, this may be the hardest tip of all but it has really been working for me. We learned that the stimuli from electronics keeps our brain active and prevents our bodies from switching to sleep mode. The lights and sounds keep us alert longer and don’t allow us to relax. We have now initiated a gadget free zone for our bedroom. No cell phones, iPads, games, TV or anything that prevents us from getting a good nights sleep.
7. Keep the bedroom cool and dark
This tip goes back to our way back caveman ancestors. For the caveman they went into a cave to sleep and out in the sun for the day to work. Going into the cool, dark cave told their bodies it was time to rest. We learned that our bodies still have this instinct in them. Going from a warm bath to a cool dark room tells our bodies it is time to get some sleep.
8. Block out lights
Lights can prevent you from getting a good nights sleep. The glow of a street light, too bright night light, or a light in another room can signal to your body that it is time to get up and go not power down and sleep.
9. Reduce stress
I know this is not as easy as it sounds. We learned that one of the top issues for lack of sleep is stress. Being able to reduce stress in our lives will help each of us get a better nights sleep.
10. Make sleep an important part of your daily routine
I think this may be the most important tip of all. I was not focused on sleep or why I needed a good night’s sleep before attending this event. I was more focused on how much I could get done in the hours I had available to me. Since attending this event I have realized that by making sleep a vital part of my daily routine I am getting more done during the day than I ever was before. I wake up rested and excited to start the day.
Are you ready to take the Tuck in, Turn Off Pledge?
The Tuck In Turn Off Pledge is tohelp all of us combat the issue of electronics hindering our ability to get a great nights sleep. The Tuck In, Turn Off Pledge encourages all of us to turn off our electronic devices 30 minutes before bedtime and tuck in to clean fabrics infused with the soothing scent and softness of the Sweet Dreams Collection.
You can take the pledge at www.TuckInTurnOff.com and see other great information on getting a great nights sleep!
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I was provided with travel and transportation to the P&G Science of Sleep Event. All opinions posted are my own.