You toss and turn and you just can’t seem to fall asleep. Or you are able to fall asleep, but you keep waking up. Poor sleep isn’t just frustrating; It can cause you to make bad spending decisions or cause expensive (and dangerous) accidents.
Fortunately, you don’t need to turn to expensive sleep aids to get a good night’s sleep.
Here are a few frugal ways you can get a few more zzzzzzs.
Knock out the caffeine, especially after 2 p.m. You can’t get a good night’s rest if you’re still hopped up on coffee or Mountain Dew.
Don’t snack after 8 p.m. Your body needs some time to digest food. If you’re eating late night snacks, your trouble sleeping may be because your body is trying to process what you ate. Skip the late night snacking for a better sleeep.
Get some exercise. Make sure you do some physical activity every day, and not too close to bedtime or you’ll be wide awake. Our bodies were designed to move and function better with regular exercise. They sleep better, too.
Make sure your house is the right temperature for sleeping. You won’t sleep well if you’re too hot or too cold. I have a pair of fleece pajamas that are awesome in the cold winter months… but all wrong in the summer!
Determine whether you need total darkness and background noise. Some folks sleep better in pitch darkness, while others need a street light shining in their window. Some people like white noise (like a fan) and other people need total silence. Figure out what works best for you.
Make your bed more comfortable. If your bed isn’t comfortable, it’s likely it will make a good night’s sleep difficult. A new mattress isn’t cheap, so start by rotating your mattress to see if that helps. Some mattresses can also be flipped, so get a friend to help you turn your mattress. You could also consider buying a memory foam mattress topper to provide some comfort without the expense of a whole new bed. Or boost support with wood slats or a large sheet of wood under your mattress.
Make sure your kids sleep. It’s a blessing to have children who sleep soundly the entire night. I love The No-Cry Sleep Solution and The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers by Elizabeth Pantley for helping make sure my kids get the sleep they need. When they sleep, you sleep!
Make sure your kids don’t wake up too early. Okay, this clock isn’t frugal (suggested retail is $40), but you can’t put a price on beauty rest! This this alarm clock and nightlight changes color when it’s time to get up so your toddler knows when it’s okay to wake up mom and dad. This has been a lifesaver in our house… no more boys up at 4 a.m.! A cheaper option would be to put a lamp on a timer switch in your child’s room. If the lamp isn’t on, it’s not time to wake up.
Create a bedtime routine. Parenting experts tell you to create a bedtime routine for your kids, but how many of us don’t bother to do that for ourselves? Create a relaxing bedtime routine, such as reading a book or taking a warm bath. Stay off the computers and away from the television before bed.
Try to reduce your stress. Stress is one of the biggest reasons we have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Try to cut back on your commitments and take care of pressing problems promptly. Make sure you try some low-cost stress relievers. You’ll feel better, and sleep better when you reduce your stress levels.
These are just some of the ways you can try to sleep better and stick to a budget.
What are some of your frugal ways to get a good night’s sleep?
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