This post was sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Ever since I was a child, I had problems with sleep, I used to drive my mom crazy, I would need to fall asleep in her bed, then she would put me through my room, I would wake up an hour later and crawl back into her bed.  I would then wake up early as kids do. Part of my childhood sleep problem was that my mind was overactive, I wasn’t a little girl who loved dolls and barbies, I was very active, I was always out riding my bike and getting up to something, then when I had some downtime I would sit and play video games until my mom told me to go to bed. I was a real “tomboy” as you would call it up until my teenage years.  It’s in the last 4 years that I have learned the value of a good nights sleep and how to get one, even in my early 20’s I would stay up till 2am working on my laptop, watching TV or I would be out with my friends.  When I finally got to bed I would toss and turn for an hour or 2 before falling asleep, then, after falling asleep I would wake up a few hours later, every noise in the house would wake me and I had a hard time falling back asleep, I used to be cranky throughout the day due to not getting enough, much needed shut eye.

Now, I try and get at least 8 hours of sleep every night, with 3 kids, it’s important for me to feel awake in the morning, not sleepy and grumpy.

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5 Things that help me Sleep Better

Turn off Electronics – This is important, I used to lay in bed and look at the news and social media sites on my phone because I couldn’t fall asleep, but I didn’t realize that was making it even harder for me.  Now I turn off the TV, clock out of the computer and keep my phone out of reach 30 minutes before I go to bed.

Chamomile Tea – I love chamomile tea, I have been drinking this every night for a few years now, believe it or not I used to drink coffee a couple of hours before bed which was obviously a bed idea so I switched that up and started drinking chamomile tea instead and it has such a relaxing effect, it helps clear my mind before bedtime.

Hot Bath – I shower every morning to wake me up  and refresh so why shouldn’t I have a nice hot bath before bedtime? I love to use bath salts, specifically ones with chamomile or laender scent, this puts me in the mood to just cozy up and fall asleep.

Sleep Position – I’m a stomach sleeper and according to Sleep Foundation this is called the “Prone Position”.  It’s not the best position if you have back pain and can cause neck pain but it can also help with sleep apnea and snoring.  I find that sleeping i the position that is most comfy to me helps me fall asleep and stay asleep.

White Noise – I used to try and fall asleep in total silence, it’s the way I was brought up, now I use a fan, it’s a white noise and helps block out other sounds, I don’t hear every creak and every noise, the white noise from the fan helps me sleep, just like a baby.

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If you suffer from sleep problems, don’t forget you are not alone and the National Sleep Foundation can provide you with some great resources if you are suffering from sleep health issues such as  insomnia, narcolepsy, cataplexy and more.   The National Sleep Foundation can also help you with starting a conversation at your doctors to discuss your sleep issues.

Beyond Tired is a great way to learn about how other people deal with and suffer from sleep problems, it shares personal stories, you are not alone in your battle with sleep.

I have learned a lot from the National Sleep Foundation website just over the last few weeks, it’s very resourceful and if you have sleep health issues, this can certainly help you.

Visit the National Sleep Foundation Facebook Page and Twitter for even more information!

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