Sleep is the devil. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen a few screenshots of what Fitbit has to say about my sleep patterns. I was pretty excited that one night that I almost hit 8 hours of sleep (the amazing part is that I didn’t even take any Ambien that night). But, look how long I have to “sleep” to get even 6 hours of sleep most nights.
My sleep patterns aren’t good. I toss and turn a lot and even when I don’t remember spending half the night awake Fitbit says I have and worse I feel like I have when I wake up. I can greatly increase the amount of still sleep I get by taking an Ambien before bed but I’m not prone to do that unless it hits midnight and I’ve still not fallen asleep (or I’m travelling). If I’m travelling Ambien automatically goes in my bedtime pills because it’s the only way I’ve found to sleep through hotel noises.
I know why Fitbit has been telling me my sleep has sucked lately – it’s because it has. I’ve been trying a few different supplements and for some reason many supplements taken at bedtime seem to aggravate my already pissy stomach. So, I’ll lay there with my stomach upset or I’ll wake up a couple of hours after falling asleep with an upset stomach. Even if I’m not awake and feeling it, I know I’m feeling it. I also have a spouse that snores like a freight train at times. So, I don’t get good sleep… and with good reason.
There are a few things and if I get them all “right” it can mean a pretty decent nights sleep for me.
- Exercise – yeah yeah I know. But, seriously, I do sleep better on the days that I get a reasonable amount of exercise. For me this doesn’t mean walking all day or being super active. It just means that I walk a mile in the morning and get some steps in throughout the day (usually a total of 4000-5000 steps).
- Turn down the lights – When the sun goes down I don’t typically turn on lights in the house. I try to keep light at a minimum. The truth is I’m not really a fan of unnatural light.
- Take melatonin – a couple of hours before bedtime I take a very small dose of melatonin. When I first tried this I took too much and it gave me bad dreams so I had to go with a really small dose. I also learned the hard way that you really do need to take this a couple of hours before bedtime because it takes a while to work.
- Take a bath before bed – Taking a bath helps me relax and prepare my mind for bedtime (by getting out from in front of the tv). Check out my tips to a perfect pain/stress relieving bath.
- Drink a cup of Serenitea – Drinking a cup of tea is part of my bathtime ritual. But, even if for some reason I can’t take a bath I still drink my tea. I prefer Serenitea because I’ve found that it really does help me relax and fall asleep faster and sleep better. Read my full review of Serenitea.
- Take FibroSleep – FibroSleep is now one of my bedtime meds. It’s a supplement that helps me fall asleep faster and stay asleep. Since I started taking it I’ve found that even when I do wake up (like because my hubby is snoring too loud) I can fall back asleep much easier. – Read my full review of FibroSleep.
- Use Serenity lotion from The Fay Farm – Serenity lotion takes what was already a great lotion (The Fay Farm CBD lotion) and adds magnesium oil which helps calm the body, ease anxiety, and for me makes it easier to fall asleep and sleep well. That one night I mentioned earlier where I actually got almost 8 hours of sleep, it was the first night I’d had Serenity lotion after a couple of weeks of being out. You can read my full review of Serenity lotion here. Also, use code SPOONS to get 10% off and free shipping on any order from The Fay Farm.
That’s my routine. What’s yours? I’d love to know if you’ve found other tips or tricks that help you sleep better. What do you do that gets you a better night’s sleep?