Sleep Tips I Mastered When #IWasSoTired

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Screen-Shot-2015-04-20-at-2.35.46-PMIf you work as much as I do, you cram everything you can into a day. While that might be great for productivity, it’s not so great for getting good sleep. You lie down, and your mind is still racing from the day and thinking about what tomorrow holds. I had a terrible time sleeping for the longest time until I found and mastered these sleep tips. Now I wake refreshed and ready for another crazy day.

Sleep Tips to Help You Fall Asleep, Stay Asleep, and Feel GreatTylenol PM

If you have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep, then these sleep tips are for you. They work! I know, because before I started following them, I rarely got a good night’s sleep.

Set a Sleep Schedule

Your body operates on an internal clock, so one of the biggest sleep tips to master is setting a sleep schedule and sticking to it. This helps your body get into a rhythm, so it can recognize when it’s time to power down for the night.

Don’t Just Lie in Bed

If you can’t get to sleep, don’t just lie there. I used to think that if I laid in bed long enough, I’d fall asleep. It’s exactly the opposite! All I did was lie there and think about how I couldn’t go to sleep. If you can’t sleep within 30 minutes of going to bed, get up and read a book. Go for a walk. Do anything except lie in bed and stare at the ceiling. It won’t help!

Turn Off Your Brain

This is one sleep tip that I had a really hard time mastering. When bed time is approaching, shut down your brain. Don’t work or watch television or do anything that revs up your brain while you’re in the bed. Your mind will equate your place of rest with work and stress.

Get in the Mood

Get in the mood. The mood for snooze, that is. If your mattress is old and lumpy, replace it. Are the walls a bright color? Repaint them with a calm, soothing color. Use heavy window treatments to block out the light of passing cars and street lamps.

Power Naps

Even though this isn’t a tip to help you fall asleep at night, per se, it’s still one of my favorite sleep tips. Power naps can help you recharge during the day when you’re feeling extra deflated.

Nip Pain in the Bud

A bad night’s sleep can ruin your entire week. If you have pain that’s keeping you up at night, try a pain reliever and sleep aid combo. I like TYLENOL® PM. It helps get rid of my pain and helps me fall asleep.

Take a Break

Taking a break during the day can help you clear and reset your mind, and it’s also great practice for using that same technique at night to get yourself to sleep.


One of the best sleep tips out there! It’s really hard to stay awake when you’re tired. Daily exercise not only invigorates your mind for the day, it also burns off energy. That means that you won’t be so wired when bed time rolls around.

No Nightcaps

Everyone thinks that a nightcap is the perfect way to get great sleep. Not so! A glass or two of wine might make you feel drowsy, but it makes STAYING asleep harder.

Better Sleep Through Better Foods

These foods can help your body prepare for sleepy time.

  • Milk: Milk contains tryptophan, which is great for giving you the sleepies.
  • Oatmeal: This also has tryptophan in it. So it’s great for breakfast AND for bed time.
  • Bananas: Another food that contains tryptophan.

It’s worth noting that not only does tryptophan help you feel drowsy, it converts to melatonin, a natural compound which makes sleeping through the night easier.

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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    I take melatonin sometimes, but it”s really only because my husband snores and would wake me up without it.

  2. says

    I think I need to have bananas at night instead of for breakfast! Thankfully, I am usually so tired from everything I have to get done during the day, I am zonked out in minute of hitting the pillow.

  3. says

    I always just lie in bed, even if it takes hours for me to fall asleep. I guess I’ll not do that anymore. :) I usually save most of my work until after my husband and son go to bed and then I’m up until 1am or later and then have to get up at 6:30 to get my son up for school. I know I really need to work on getting more sleep.

  4. Kristi says

    A great list with great tips. Might have to print it off and leave on the counter for my husband:)

  5. says

    I can definitely recall instances when I was so tired but these days I thankfully fall asleep and stay asleep. I do wish I could fit more naps into my busy days!

  6. says

    I’ve tried all of these things, more than once. I have suffered bouts of terrible insomnia for half of my life. Since I am going on 40, I have a hard time believing we’ll find an answer. I am just one of those people destined to not sleep through the night or much at all.

  7. says

    Great tips! I especially love the one about not laying in bed when you can’t sleep, I’m so guilty of this and it doesn’t help me sleep any more than if I just did something!

  8. Rosey says

    That’s a good idea about not just staying in bed if you can’t sleep. I find too, if you get up and do something it helps more than just staying in bed.

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