Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do for
your health and overall well-being. But sometimes it’s not that easy. Some girls
sleep all the time, while others find themselves tossing and turning and can't seem
to fall sleep. These problems can be a major downer while trying to keep up with
your studies, your social life and everything else on your plate. You need a good
night’s sleep so you can be productive, mentally sharp and full of energy all day
On an average night, most people fall asleep between five and 10 minutes after their
heads hit the pillow. But teens and tweens often have a tougher time winding down
before bedtime and shutting off the constant buzz running through their developing
brains! If you find yourself lying awake in bed because your mind is racing, try
developing a bedtime routine and incorporating the tips below to help you sleep
Before even getting under the covers, really pay attention to your bedtime routine.
Whether it’s washing your face, brushing your teeth and then stretching out, let
your mind start to relax and unwind. Try to keep the noise down, electronic devices
off and keep your room cool. This will help you sleep easier and more deeply.
When you get into bed, close your eyes and get comfy. Your bed should have enough
room to stretch and turn comfortably. Make sure it’s comfortable and adjust as needed.
Then try some deep breathing by taking deep, slow breaths, making each breath even
deeper than the last. Relax your muscles and visualize a peaceful, restful place.
Tips To Help You Sleep Better :
a short walk after a late meal or an active evening to help you unwind before you
hit the sack. Associate
the bedroom with sleeping and nothing
else. If you watch TV, play video games or read before bedtime, do it in another
to a regular sleep schedule by going
to sleep at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every day (even
weekends!). Get eight to 10 hours of sleep each night if you can. After a few weeks,
you will start feeling sleepy at bedtime, and will awake ready to go before your
alarm clock. Set the scene in your bedroom to create
a tranquil, comforting sleeping environment. Try turning on some soothing sounds
or spray your sheets and room with lavender. If it helps to have total darkness,
try a sleep mask to cover your eyes or use heavy curtains or window shades to block
light from the window.
Indulge in relaxing activities before bedtime.
Take a warm (not hot) bath or do some easy stretches.
Things to Avoid to Help You Sleep Better:
eat a heavy meal just before sleep.
Don’t take sleep-aids or medication to help
you sleep. Don’t drink coffee, tea, caffeinated sodas
or other sources of caffeine after 3 p.m. Caffeinated beverages (and chocolate,
too) can disturb your sleep patterns and won't help you sleep better.
drink too much in the late afternoon and evening. Make an extra pit stop at the
restroom right before bedtime.
Once you develop a bedtime routine that works for you, you should be able to fall
asleep in less time and get just the right amount of beauty sleep every night.
Learn how to sleep better and get helpful tips from teen girls at BeingGirl.com.