Over the last several months of staying closer to home, we have really had to take another look at our sleep routines. So much has changed, and being at home so much more started to bring on some unhealthy sleep habits. We needed to get better quality sleep.
With the lines blurred between work and home life more than ever, our sleep started to suffer and we really started to feel the fatigue. We had to stop and assess why our sleep quality was suffering.
It is no secret that stress and sleep just do not mix. Stress adds to the difficulty we have falling asleep or getting back to sleep after waking in the middle of the night.
We find that how we feel while we are awake depends on what happens while we are sleeping. Our biggest realization has been that it is not always about sleeping more, but teaching our bodies how to sleep better.
Importance Of Quality Sleep
At home or when traveling, good sleep habits are essential to be able to seize the day and make the most of our time. If you’re not getting quality sleep, you will not have the energy to be able to be at your best.
Here is what we are improving on:
Our sleep-wake schedule went out the window. With spending so much time staying and working at home, it really blurred the lines between home and work life. It is all too easy to turn the computer back on for ‘just a minute’ and get lost in a maze of tasks that keep popping up.
First on the list was establishing a consistent sleep-wake schedule. When our circadian rhythm (the internal clock that manages the balance between sleep and wakefulness) is able to work properly, it really made a difference in the quality of our sleep.
Switch Off Screens
We started to get really bad with watching television before bedtime to relax and then trying to get to sleep immediately after turning off the screen. Doing this really interfered with our bodies’ natural release of melatonin. We learned that avoiding bright screens 60 minutes before bedtime really helped our bodies prepare for sleep. We drifted off to sleep so much easier, too. Keeping a dark room during your sleep is of key importance as well.
Getting in daily exercise also helps us to sleep better at night. We find that if we keep working towards a goal, it makes it that much easier to get started on that workout each day. Also, once you start a workout, you’ll start to feel good and will want to continue.
When our sleep routine just isn’t working, and we need a little extra help, we rely on Natrol® Melatonin. Natrol is a brand that we trust. We love that it is drug-free and offers a variety of options, so you’re able to find a solution that is right for YOU. Visit their website to find out more about Natrol Melatonin and see what product would best fit your needs.
Our Favorite Natrol Products
Darcy and I love the Natrol Melatonin Fast-Dissolve. The strawberry flavor tastes great, and no water is needed. 3AM Melatonin is wonderful when you start tossing and turning in the middle of the night †*. When the kids have difficulty falling asleep, they love the great-tasting berry-flavored Natrol Kids Melatonin gummies that are safe and effective for 4 years +. Natrol Melatonin is also-drug free, which we love!
Furthermore, a tip for when traveling can resume: Natrol Melatonin is fantastic when traveling and you’re having difficulty with time changes, or are unable to sleep in an unfamiliar setting.
This post is sponsored by Natrol®, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
|†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases.|
*Melatonin is a solution for occasional sleeplessness.