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Did you know that men and women have different sleep experiences? Research shows that women report more sleep disorders than men. Reports documented women claiming to have frequent sleepless nights or waking up feeling tired and groggy. Below are some healthy sleep tips to ensure women get their beauty sleep.
Black Out the Room
Light disturbs sleep and some women are more sensitive to light than men. If you find it hard to walk around without sun glasses on a sunny day than you are most likely more sensitive toward light. Purchase black out drapes or an eye mask to keep the room dark and lightless.
Relax in a Warm Bath
Warm water combined with Epsom salt relaxes the muscular system, which is ideal prior to bed. After the bath, relaxing in a cooler room allows the body temperature to drop, which makes sleepy eyes shut.
Be Cool in Bed
For women who get extra hot, thanks to hormones, menses or menopause, greatly benefit from sleeping in a cooler room. Keep the room around 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit and avoid over-blasting the winter heater.
A late dinner and liquid consumption may lead to frequent trips to bathroom, thus disturbing sleep. Eat a bigger lunch, which hopefully leads to a smaller dinner, which means better digestion and healthier sleep.
Meditation or deep breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system. This is the opposite of the “fight or flight” response and promotes rest and relaxation—a vital tool for sleeping.
Stay on Schedule
Late nights watching television, texting, or online activities can easily slip into your precious sleeping hours. Persistently inconsistent sleeping disturbs the circadian rhythm, which may lead to long-term, more sleepless problems. So, the “I’ll sleep when I’m dead or on the weekends” theory does not make up for previous lost sleep.
Avoid Late Night Stimulants
Late-night lattes and smoking in bed stimulants the body more than we realize. This includes alcohol, which seems to act as a downer but long-term, late-night drinking leads to being bright eyed and bushy tailed during the nighttime.