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How to Relax Before You Go to Bed

If you have been following the information here at GoodLifeEssentialOils.com, then you know that essential oils can help you relax and get a better night’s sleep.

If you are looking for more ideas that for sleeping well, this article at 7HelpfulHints.com can help!

Here is an excerpt to get you started:

Do you find it hard to relax at the end of a long day? Are you one of those people that tosses and turns all night long, worrying and stressing over situations in your life? If so, then you know that this can lead to poor sleep patterns.

Do you wake up tired and grouchy and reach for a sugar-filled caffeine “pick me up”? This is not the healthiest way to start the day.

The following 7 tips will help you relax before you go to bed, so you naturally sleep better and start each and every day at your fullest potential.

7 Helpful Hints on How to Relax Before You Go to Bed

1 – Program proper sleep with a routine

Develop a set pre-sleep schedule of activities. Let your brain know it is time to shut down. This means limiting stressful thoughts and outward influences before bedtime. This is how you “wind down” before you hit the hay. You could do this by consistently reading for 1 hour before bedtime. Your brain will eventually recognize that 60 minutes of reading in the evening is a signal that sleep is approaching.

2 – Develop a set bedtime

Most people live a very regular existence. They go to work at the same time, eat lunch and dinner about the same time, and have several consistent daily routines. When you go to bed and awaken at the same time consistently, you program your internal clock to shut down your busy brain and wake up on a given schedule. This relaxes you by putting your sleep pattern on autopilot, instead of you anxiously trying to force yourself to sleep.

3 – Exercise a couple of hours before hitting the bed

Exercise and other forms of physical exertion immediately deliver a boost of energy. Soon after, your body tells you that you need rest and recuperation. Exercising in the evening, 2 to 3 hours before you go to bed, signals your brain for rest and recovery, rather than a stressful “how will I go to sleep” mentality.

4 – Start counting sheep … seriously

There is a good reason the sheep counting strategy works to help you go to sleep. What you are actually doing is replacing stressful and worrisome thoughts with a simple and boring, repetitive mental exercise.

You can accomplish the same by thinking of objects or foods whose names start with each letter of the alphabet. Your brain only focuses on one thing at a time, in this instance a simple mental exercise instead of stress and anxiety.

Read more at 7HelpfulHints.com.




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