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7 Ways to Get a Better Sleep Tonight

by Nellie

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Sleep.

I’ve written about it so many times. When I get 7-8 hours it feels like some sort of rare gift. If I’m not working/cleaning/organizing/maintaining till the wee hours of the morning I have to manage my kids do not have the best sleep habits. I am SO jelly of you parents that have children that sleep through the night every night without disruption.

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Last week I attended a fun dinner event thrown by Emergen-Zzzz.  The makers of EmergenC has created an all new all natural melatonin product that can assist with helping you fall asleep naturally. It was a  formal dinner event at The Dream Hotel in Chelsea. I just love the trendy vibe of this hotel with the low lighting, and overall exclusive NYC vibe.

We got some pretty great tips on how to have a better sleep and I am sharing them with you today (because I care, of course)!

7 Ways to get a Better Sleep Tonight

Evaluate Your Room

The best environment for sleep is one that is cool, quiet, dark and free of interruptions. Things that help with this include: blackout curtains, eye shades and ear plugs. Don’t forget about bedding: mattresses should be replaced every 9-10 years.

Wind Down

Spend the last hours before bed doing a relaxing activity. Going online right before bed can cause you to stay up later than planned.

Avoid Alcohol

Even though alcohol can make you feel relaxed before bed once the initial effects wear off alcohol causes frequent awakenings. It actually interferes with your deep sleep and may even cause sweating.

Stay away from bright lights and electronics

Light affects your body’s ability to create melatonin and that is what we need to get to bed!

Stop Forcing It

If you find yourself counting sheep and counting sheep until you have reached the millions you might need to press the reset button. Get out of bed, keep those lights off and find something calming to do like listen to music for a bit.

Write It Down

Keep a worry journal on your nightstand. If you find yourself overwhelmed by your to do list quickly write them down and leave them on a piece of paper until you wake in the morning.

Try a Sleep Aid

If none of the above works you can try a sleep aid. Melatonin is a hormone that is naturally produced by the pineal glad in the brain. Emergen-Zzzz has melatonin that will help you fall asleep naturally plus it has Vitamin C which will work on your immune system while you sleep.

We also got a great talk from registered dietitian Samantha Heller who spoke to us about the medical reasons why we need sleep. I couldn’t even believe how critical sleep is to my body in general.

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Next we were treated to a fantastic 3 course dinner, I chose the mixed greens, vegetable lasagna and a fruit platter for dessert. Everything was amazing!

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To learn more about the Emergen-Zzzz products click here.

How are your sleep habits? Do you apply any of these techniques? What would you add to the list?

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10 comments

Janine Huldie May 18, 2015 - 5:43 am

Thank you for the sleep tips as even though my girls do sleep pretty well, I still am not a great sleeper sadly and can use all the help I can get!!

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Lashawn May 18, 2015 - 5:44 am

My sleep is all out of whack! Better, but not the best. It comes from years of working night shift and relying on sleep aids. I am trying to force myself to go to sleep by 11 so I can at least get 6 hours It’s hard!

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CARLA May 18, 2015 - 5:48 am

NUMBER FIVE has changed my life.
git up
amble around.
LESS PRESSURE.

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Allie May 18, 2015 - 6:11 am

I didn’t know about this product but I love Emergen-C! Of course I have zero trouble sleeping and I can only hope it stays that way forever!! I also get up at least one hour before the boys to lessen the stress of the morning crazy.

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Britt May 18, 2015 - 8:04 am

I love EmergenC and I would totally try EmergenZ! I fall asleep no problemo but having a baby doesn’t equal great sleep for mom. I also go to bed waaaay too late!

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Kita May 18, 2015 - 8:33 am

I am doing better. I try to be in bed by 12 midnight most nights and if I can’t then I sleep for two hours in the day. In total I think I get about 6 hrs of sleep within a 24 hour period….even though it’s broken up. I need to put my electronics down I am on instagram and pinterest most nights smh

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Tiffani G May 18, 2015 - 12:12 pm

I had no idea Emergen-C made sleep products! I’m guilty of at least 3 of things you listed. I guessing we need to get a new mattress and stop falling asleep with the television on.

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Tamara May 18, 2015 - 2:32 pm

I want that lasagna!!!
Ok, sorry. I’m back.
This is great because I often use melatonin to sleep and it’s very powerful for me. Avoiding alcohol is easy for me, but I confess that sometimes I have late night ice cream and that makes it very hard to sleep.

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Kristina Walters May 19, 2015 - 5:57 am

Great tips! I have been having a heck of a time sleeping since my hot flashes started. I will look into this product and see if it could help. Thanks Nellie!

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Leslie May 19, 2015 - 10:00 am

Sleep is so important. It wasn’t until I was chronically sleep deprived that I realized how much I was affected by it. (Doing really stupid things around the house, mixing up common words and phrases, dangerous driving) Blackout curtains have been necessary for our kids; and typically they do sleep through the night once they are actually asleep. Get your sleep, Nellie, you need it!

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