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KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - TROUBLE SLEEPING? CHECK OUT THESE SIMPLE TRICKS

First thing, check out your mattress. Is it more than 10 years old? Might be time for a new one. If that isn’t in the budget right now, there are a few inexpensive to cost free remedies. Purchase a memory foam mattress. Check out Costco or Sam’s Club for a good price on these. At no charge, flip the mattress. Flip head to foot on time and side to side the next. Do this monthly along with a good vacuum to prolong the life of your mattress.

Check out your surroundings. When it comes time to paint consider a calming color. Shades of green, gray and blue are very calming and induce more relaxation. Try to keep your bedroom free of unnecessary clutter. A messy room causes anxiety, definitely not conducive to restful sleep. Keep the room as dark as possible. Use blackout curtains and shades.

Cool down the room. It’s recommended the temperature for best sleep is no higher than 65 degrees. Use down comforters and warm pajamas. Put lotion on your feet and warm socks for double benefits.

Many essential oil scents can be very calming and sleep inducing. Use an electric warmer with essential scents like lavender, vanilla and jasmine. No open flames or candles for safety!! A white noise machine can be very helpful to keep out city noises and lull you into a dreamy sleep. I actually found an app that lets you combine different sounds from hundreds on the app. I use a combination of rain, wind and surf. The app is called Relax Melodies and it’s free on the App Store.

I know many will not want to hear this but it’s essential to power off for a least half an hour before you want to be sleeping. Tablets, phones and laptops emit blue light which interrupts your natural calm down to sleep time. So turn off early for better sleep!

If you want to stop hitting the snooze button so much, put the alarm clock across the room. Get an early start after your restful night.

KATHLEEN WEAVER-ZECH & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 12:13 PM by Dean's Team

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