Self Development By Mae Davies / August 23, 2015 Do you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep? Are your eyes drowsy, or do you feel sleepy, but you keep tossing and turning in your bed? Do you find yourself awake in the middle of the night, counting numbers and little lambs in your head just to force yourself to sleep? Don’t worry; you are not alone. I, too, and a considerable number of women out there, suffer the same fate as yours. According to psychologist and author Michael Breus, “Sleep issues are an epidemic among women today.” There are some nights when I just want to swallow a sleeping pill out of my frustration because I can’t sleep soundly. My body feels tired and my will wants me to hit the sack, but my senses are fully awake. As a result, I only get a little amount of sleep, and this has cost me so much, both in the beauty and personality departments. I have hideous eye bags and a grumpy attitude in the mornings. And at some point, I said to myself: “I badly need my beauty rest! This sleep deprivation has to end!” So what did I do to finally get that pure, unadulterated beauty rest that I’ve been dying to have for so long? First, cut down on caffeine I am a coffee-addict, so cutting down my caffeine intake was a very challenging experience for me, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do for the sake of being beautiful. Caffeine in coffee and other products has been the primary cause of my insomnia and sleep problems. Studies show that drinking coffee and other caffeinated products can keep you up for twelve hours after drinking it, so having coffee in the afternoons and in the evenings is really not a good idea for improving one’s sleep. Second, avoid eating and drinking too much before going to sleep Eating before going to bed can keep your stomach working and digesting and, in turn, keep you up and awake in your bed. The feeling of being too full can give you a lot of discomfort, or even indigestion and heartburn, which won’t help you sleep. Also, drinking a lot of liquid before bedtime will serve as your ticket to more bathroom trips, thereby interrupting a good night’s sleep. Third, make sure your bedroom is conducive to sleeping Create the right environment for sleeping by having a clean bedroom, soft lighting, comfortable bed, and soft pillows. Most likely, you won’t be lured to sleep if your bed has a lot of books, papers, and other things on it. So make sure that you don’t use your bedroom for studying, working, or watching TV; otherwise, your mind will be too preoccupied on these things, keeping you more alert and awake. Finally, learn to relax Having a relaxed mind and body can make you fall asleep easily. You can achieve this either by using calming scents in your room like lavender and chamomile or by playing soothing stress relief sounds or any relaxing music. You can also drink a glass of herbal tea or warm milk to help calm down your nerves and for you to sleep easily. Not having sound sleep is a matter that must not be taken lightly. Getting our beauty rest is important not only for having a beautiful face but also for our overall health and development. Not having good sleep affects our mood and attitude in the mornings, even for the entire day, and may even cause more stress for us. So having uninterrupted beauty rest and a good night’s sleep is indeed important because sound sleep is the best and cheapest form of rest and relaxation that we can have.