How's Your Sleep?

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"How's my sleep? You want to know the real answer?" - Every mom

What's that saying? "You won't get a full night's sleep until they're out of the house, and even then you'll wake up worried since they're out of the house". SO TRUE.

We understand that sometimes sleep deprivation is going to happen, but we wanted to give you some quick tips on how you can help improve your sleep within your control!

1.Use essential oils

One of the easiest ways to get into relaxtion mode is to turn on a diffuser! Add in some soothing smells like lavender, or the Plant Therapy Kid-Safe blend Nighty Night (or Sweet Slumber if you're sensitive to lavender!). Essential oils can calm the mind and body and help get you into a state of relaxation so you can get the restful sleep you need!

2.Turn off the TV

Blue light is one of those trendy things that we have all been hearing about lately, and for good reason. Blue light can have huge effects on your sleep.

While light of any kind can suppress the secretion of melatonin, blue light at night does so more powerfully. Harvard researchers and their colleagues conducted an experiment comparing the effects of 6.5 hours of exposure to blue light to exposure to green light of comparable brightness. The blue light suppressed melatonin for about twice as long as the green light and shifted circadian rhythms by twice as much (3 hours vs. 1.5 hours). (Source)

So even if you're out on those blue light blockers you're seeing all over your Facebook feed, an easy way to reduce your exposure is to turn off that TV!

3.Use an app or read a book

I know, I know, feels contradictory to the tip above, but one of the most helpful ways to get into a sleep ready state is to relax your mind. But instead of using an app to play, etc, there are several meditation apps you can use to help calm your thoughts. One of the apps is called Headspace. It is a guided meditation app and they have several different meditations for things like financial stress, anxiety and basics (if you're brand new).

Don't want to use an app?

Easy! Another way to get away from blue light but to also get your mind off of your to-do list is to do it the old-fashioned way. Pull out a book!