Three Easy Steps To A More Peaceful Sleep

Imagine this: It's 5:27 PM. You're hungry after a full day at work, wanting to get home to see your family, and now you're stuck in transportation. Frustration comes in. But you're used to it since this is an everyday experience.

So you finally got home at 6:04 PM, your two young kids are clamouring for your attention, and they're hungry too. You put some frozen dinners in the microwave knowing full well they're not healthy but also knowing that you just don't have time to think, much less cook. After a fast dinner consisting of Salisbury Steak, your day's not even close to over.
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Now it's time to do laundry, read with the children, and of course, a day's work left over from the agency. When do you have time to rest? At night you keep telling yourself.

But every night it's the same old matter. You go to bed past 1 AM and sleep. Your mind is still racing from the day that just passed and the hard day ahead. So you toss and turn, hoping that you'll be able to get at least a little shut-eye before your 6:00 AM wake-up call (an annoyingly loud alarm clock
you've had for 15 years).

And the next day it starts all over again. You're tired at work, you don't have time to have lunch, you're stressed, and you can't get out of the foul cycle.

So what should be done?

First thing: take a deep breath. You're probably stressed out just reading this far.

To get a more comfortable sleep tonight do the following:

1) Get a diary and take 5 minutes right before laying down to free write. What you want to do is get every thought from the past, present, and future out of your mind and on paper where it's quick and safe. Here, it will free the confusion from your head and allow you to relax easier.

2) Get a new alarm clock that wakes you up steadily with a classical tune. This will do absolute wonders for your morning routine. What you want to do is set the alarm to go off 15-20 minutes earlier than you usually wake up. It will turn on very quietly and slowly bring you out of your rest.

3) Add a few very healthy snacks to your daily routine. One of my favourites is a 2 oz pre-packaged bag of baby carrots. They taste good, they're good for you, and they take no prep-time. When you're hungry at work or on the way home, have some of these. Eating healthier works amazingly well to help you sleep better.