10 Effective Solutions To Avoid Sleeping Problems

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10 Effective Solutions To Avoid Sleeping Problems

Have you experienced lying awake at night, wondering why you can’t sleep at all? There are a lot of reasons someone can’t sleep: stress, anxiety, or maybe too much caffeine. Sleep deprivation is common among university students and working young adults due to the stress they deal with every day.

Consistent sleeplessness for days or weeks can be considered as temporary insomnia. Temporary insomnia also occurs in between periods of normal sleep, difficulty falling asleep, or waking up at different periods at night, resulting in poor sleep quality.

There are helpful tools and machines you can buy to promote better sleep and improve your sleep quality. These machines help deal with common sleeping problems or sleep disturbances such as obstructive sleep apnea, sleep-disordered breathing, and snoring. While it is indeed common for younger people to experience insomnia, it can easily be avoided by taking precautions before going to sleep. Here are the steps you can take for a better quality of sleep:

Create an Inviting Aura in Your Bedroom:

Don’t bring stress in your bedroom—remove the clutter and the mess from your sanctuary. Check your mattress as well. Your mattress may be the source of discomfort and may lead to musculoskeletal problems. Set aside sleeping accessories in an organized manner to avoid a messy bedroom.

Avoid Using Your Phone on Your Bed:

Activities like watching TV, scrolling on social media sites, or eating can keep your brain awake. If you want to lull your brain to sleep, stick to pleasure books to avoid binge reading. Stow your collection of books of other genres and stock your bedside table with light-reading books for night reading.

Associate Your Bed with Sleep and Drowsiness:

By reconditioning your brain that your bed is only for sleeping and nothing else, you will be able to get used to falling asleep easily. Do everything you need to do outside the bedroom to avoid remembering things that you need to work on. If you can’t fall asleep after 20 minutes of lying down, get up from your bed, and move to the next room until you feel sleepy.

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Implement a Strict Wake and Sleep Cycle:

While it’s common for most young adults to party till 4:00 a.m. during Friday nights, it may affect your sleeping pattern and even the quality of your sleep. By training yourself to sleep and wake up at the same time daily, your body will be able to set its clock properly.

You will feel sleepy at the same time and wake up at the same time as well. Try to avoid staying in bed after waking up; you may fall asleep again and completely ruin your wake and sleep cycle.

Avoid Napping in the Afternoon:

Napping became a habit for most people, especially among students with long breaks between classes. While it does make you feel good, it may actually hurt the schedule you’ve built for your body. Quick napping can also make you fall asleep harder, and extra sleep during weekends can keep you awake for a while.

Try to Avoid Caffeine in the Afternoon and Evening:

Caffeine can be found in coffee and drinks like sodas, tea, and cocoa drinks. Staying hydrated and reducing sugary intake will help you stay awake during work and it’s healthier too!

Limit or Avoid Alcohol Intake:

When you drink alcohol before going to bed, it may help you fall asleep easily, but it actually disrupts REM. When the REM is disrupted, you may experience daytime drowsiness and poor concentration.

“Alcohol may seem to be helping you to sleep, as it helps induce sleep, but overall it is more disruptive to sleep, particularly in the second half of the night,” according to researcher Irshaad Ebrahim, a medical director at the London Sleep Centre.

Go for a Quick Exercise during the Day, Not before You Sleep:

Exercise by default is beneficial in many ways: it helps you lose weight, gives you a better mood, and makes you stronger. Exercising also helps improve sleep quality and increases the duration of sleep.

Going for a quick run or lift will help you relieve anxiety and stress, which also contributes to insomnia. Yoga is also effective in promoting sleepiness and calmness after a stressful day.

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Eat Healthier and Lighter Meals at Night:

If you tend to snack at midnight, change your dinners to extra lean meat, chicken, or fish dishes instead. Eating spicy food before bedtime is also a no-go: it can cause heartburn and abdominal discomfort at late-night hours.

Do Relaxing Hobbies and Activities before Going to Sleep:

Avoid thinking of anything related to work or school; opt for hobbies like knitting and listening to music. This will help you relax properly.

With today’s stressful news and occurrences around the globe, it’s almost expected for most people to experience insomnia every now and then. With good habits and self-control, however, you will enjoy proper sleep and create a healthy sleeping pattern for yourself.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hello all and Happy Valentine’s Day! For some of us, Valentine’s Day means a romantic date night with your significant other. And, for others, it means a hot date with your couch, pajamas, a box of chocolate, seven bottles of wine, and a chick flick marathon. However you spend your day, Lil Red has got you covered.

We previously discussed the perfect Valentine’s Day makeup for your Valentine’s night out. But, today, it’s all about kicking back and having fun. I absolutely adore coming up with V-Day themed posts and, this year, I wanted to celebrate the two polar opposite styles that are traditionally associated with the day of love. We already got glammed up together and now it’s time to pop a few (or ten) pieces of chocolate and belt out “Love Hurts” like our lives depend on it. Let’s get to it:

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Who? What? Wear?

Featuring: Mini Bret Michaels cardboard cutout!

Does anyone remember that scene in Legally Blonde when Elle gets dumped and she’s laying in bed eating chocolate? With smeared mascara and crocodile tears she hurls her heart shaped box at the chick flick on her TV and screams “LIAR” at the man professing his love. Yes? No? Either way, that was definitely the vibe I was going for in this shoot minus the heartbreak and running mascara, of course!

Yes, this post is about poking fun at the cliches of a Valentine’s Day spent alone but it also is about celebrating it! I, for one, enjoy my own company more than I enjoy being around most people. I had a blast creating the concepts for my V-Day extravaganza on lifewithlilred and I wanted to pass that along to all of you.

Many a Valentine’s Day has come and passed, some with a significant other and some without. And, if you happen to be without this year, so what?! I have always lived my solo dolo Valentine’s Days as the ultimate “treat yoself” occasion of the year. Whether that be going on a shopping spree, getting mani/pedis, or lounging in the comfort of your own home and ordering takeout – A solo V-Day doesn’t have to be a bad thing if you don’t let it.

Let it be known that if I weren’t in an amazing relationship right now, the pictures above are a pretty solid representation of how I would be spending my day. It’s actually a pretty solid representation of how I’d like to spend every day. Riding solo on V-Day? Take some notes from my photo shoot, pop in the Devil Wears Prada, sit back, and enjoy!

How do you plan on treating yourself for Valentine’s Day? What is your favorite chick flick? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

French Rooster Mini Haul

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French Rooster Mini Haul

Hello! One of my clients absolutely loves going to the Harville Flea Market, which is a treasured gem in the somewhat rural area of my neck of the woods. When it’s warm out, the gigantic parking lot is jam packed full of people peddling their goods from antiques and knick knacks to fresh produce and homemade bath and body care. Then, there is an indoor part of the flea market with actual stores set up, including French Rooster, which was added last year.

French Rooster is a cute Francesca’s style boutique with darling clothes, accessories, and trinkets. Despite it being a little too Jesus based for my liking, I ended up with two cami style tops that I am really happy with! Check it out:

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Out of all of my wonderful clothes in my wardrobe, I don’t own any cami tops. I find this unfortunate, because they are such a classic staple, but I just could never find any that weren’t plain boring. These camis by Mittoshop both caught my eye because they were sexy with the lace detailing but still oh so sweet thanks to the flowy fabric. I thought that both of these tops would be perfect for Valentine’s Day weekend with my beau and many date nights to come.

Of course, the lace is gorgeous and purchasing the black cami was a no brainer. But, I am particularly fond of the oyster hued top. I love the lace detail down the front and this cami is designed with an extra piece of fabric on the inside middle so that it isn’t too revealing. As a bustier gal, I was worried that these tops would look more raunchy on me than classic but, because they are not skin tight, I can get away with it while still feeling sexy and confident with my body.

I can picture myself tucking the black cami into my Valentine’s Day themed skirt with a sharp blazer over it for date night on Friday. However, I am more looking forward to pairing one of the tops with short shorts, combat boots, my tattoos out in full glory, and frilly socks come summer time for a girly punk OOTD that emulates my style perfectly!

How do you dress for your body type? Where do you cross the line between sexy and sleazy? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Why It’s Important To Live In The Moment

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Why It’s Important To Live In The Moment

Sometimes people spend all of their time thinking and working toward their future that they miss having a life. Life is short, and you never know how long you have left – not to be grim, but this is true. You also only get one chance at life, and before you know it, you could find yourself looking at assisted living facilities and wondering where all the time went.

Planning and goal setting is important, and you should never forget that. However, the present moment is the only moment you have control over right now, so it is the only one that matters. It doesn’t matter how much you plan; things don’t always turn out how you thought they would, things happen – some good and some bad and they can really put a spanner in those carefully thought out plans you’ve made. You can decide whether you enjoy this moment right now or you don’t, you can choose what you do with the now, how you act, and this and only this can shape what happens next.

Here are some more reasons why it’s important to live in the moment:

It Can Reduce Stress:

Thinking too much about the future, planning too much, and also dwelling on the past can cause you stress, which can be detrimental to your mental, physical, and emotional health.

You Won’t Be Disappointed:

Plans often don’t always work out the way you want or expect them to. When this happens, you can end up feeling upset and disappointed. Failing is a part of life and attempting to plan for everything is not only impossible but also not healthy for you. If you love planning, then that’s okay, but just don’t lose sight of the present moment and be prepared for things not to go the way you expected.

Living in the moment will make you happier:

While only you can know if this is true or not, all you need to do is to practice living in the moment and see how it makes you feel. Again, if you need to plan, then plan but just don’t lose sight of what is currently happening.

You’ll Let Go Of Regrets And Grudges:

If you’re living in the present, you won’t be dwelling on the past. Regrets about what you did or did not do will fade away, and you’ll be able to forgive people and let go of grudges.

You’ll Worry Less:

When you’re not focused on what needs to get done and how it’ll get done, you’ll find you have a lot less to worry about. Trust that you can take care of anything you need to and don’t worry about the little things.

You’ll Have More Energy:

Once you let go of regrets and worries, your mind will be free to think about other things – or nothing at all. You’ll have more mental energy to focus on what’s important now.

You’ll Be More Focused:

Along with that newfound energy will come focus. The past and the future won’t be distracting you, and you’ll be able to focus on what’s right in front of you.

Practice the tips above and watch your mental and spiritual well being improve before your eyes!

Featured Image By: Pavel Jurča from Pixabay

February 2020 Funky Time Jams

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February 2020 Funky Time Jams

Howdy! We are flying through February and are already onto our second Funky Time Jams post of 2020. Crazy! January lasted forever and February has felt like a whirlwind of work, appointments, and all Super Bowl everything. I, myself, was a huge fan of the half time show and have been on a bigger Shakira kick than usual and have found myself revisiting all of JLo’s classics, too. Let’s get to it:

^^^ And, as always, I have no rights to these songs or videos!!

This month, blackbear’s “Hot Girl Bummer” has been my absolute number one Funky Time Jam. I heard it a few weeks ago on my way to work and it was stuck in my head all day but then I forgot about it. Then, as luck would have it, it showed up on my YouTube playlist and I must have listened to it at least one hundred times by now. It’s so different than the normal pop or rap hits that I’ve heard because of its electronic beat and I am one hundred and fifty percent there for it.

Now, as I mentioned before, I thought the Super Bowl half time show was an amazing success. Normally, not a day goes by where I don’t think about Shakira at least once (lol), so imagine that constant loop going on in my head all day every day post Super Bowl!

Of course, I was thrilled when she began performing Hips Don’t Lie because I’ve always loved that song. And it makes it even more fun to hear it now because when I’m ice dancing the Cha Cha I always skate to it. Hips Don’t Lie and the Cha Cha ice dance music happen to have the same beats per minute and nothing makes me feel more saucy than skating to Shakira. Everyone should try it some time. 😀

What did you think about the Super Bowl half time show? Which song have you been playing on repeat? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Sweet Surprises: It Doesn’t Take Much Edition

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Sweet Surprises: It Doesn’t Take Much Edition

Hello everyone! With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I thought I would take a minute to commemorate my darling boyfriend, Johnny, because he so deserves it! As we all know, Lil Red is a huge fan of sweet surprises and I like to show my gratitude for any type of gift that is treated to me with a blog post. So, here we are!

I, myself, am a huge fan of administering surprises even though I’m rotten at keeping my surprise a surprise! I feel like Johnny and I are always picking each other up a little something while we’re out and about whether it be a cool find at a thrift store or just grabbing dinner on the way home from work. Either way, it’s fun giving and receiving small treasures from the one you love best.

As the title of this post states, it really doesn’t take much to make me happy. In fact, just a six pack of tiny Diet Coke cans waiting for me in my fridge once I got home from a long day at work was enough to turn my day around. Let’s discuss:

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After my horrible oral surgery gone wrong last winter, I totally lost my taste for pop or coffee and became a fairly avid tea drinker. The harshness of the coffee’s caffeine and the pop’s carbonation was enough to put my stomach in knots, especially since I was used to only drinking the flat chocolatey chalk of Ensure for over a month and a half.

Once I was about four months out from my recovery and sunny days were a norm in Ohio again, the thought of an ice cold can of pop was enough to make my mouth water. And, as a bonus, I was able to drink it without an upset stomach. Back in the day, I was a Diet Coke fiend and could drink six cans a day, easily. Now, I might have one or two cans a week. But, when I do, it always hits the spot.

I haven’t been grocery shopping in a while and Johnny knows that I have been mooching on my mom and dad’s pop stash while I work from their home. So, he picked me up my own little cans when he went to the store after he got off from work. I came home and got a glass of wine from the fridge and he told me to look at the side compartment where my treat was cooling down for me.

I was so tickled because I always say that I could go for a pop when I never have it in the house and nine times out of ten he ends up hearing about it. He stifled my Diet Coke cravings for the time being because he thought of what I might need while he did his shopping. This was such a simple gesture but I felt so loved and taken care of and that’s what made it grand to me.

This Valentine’s Day, remember that it doesn’t matter what your gifts costed or if you can post a picture of the fancy meal you had on Instagram. What is really important is the thought that your partner put into it. I feel lucky that Johnny thinks of me when he’s going about his day to day life when we’re not together and I just know we are going to have the happiest Valentine’s Day together! ❤

What is a Sweet Surprise that you gave or received recently? How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Creme Lipstick Swatch In Vampira

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Kat Von D Studded Kiss Creme Lipstick Swatch In Vampira

Hello everyone! Today we’re going to check out the last swatch in my makeup hand me down haul from my sister. Recently, we swatched all kinds of good stuff from L’Oreal and Revlon to Kat Von D and we will be checking out the final shade in her sample pack called Vampira in this post. Similar to the other Kat Von D colors that we looked at, I would not wear the shade Vampira. But, it actually is my favorite one of the three so take a look and let’s discuss:

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Upon first inspection of the marketing and sample pod, I thought that Vampira was going to be a really dark purple. But, once swatched, I realized it was more of a mulberry with some deep red garnet thrown in for good measure. I absolutely loved the shade once I knew what it actually was and the color reminded me of the stain you get on your lips when you drink way too much red wine!

Despite appreciating the color, I would never wear Vampira. I have only tried lipstick in the purple family one time and ended up looking like a living dead girl and I am definitely not going through that again!

I consider myself an extremely edgy girl but I thought that, for the most part, each Kat Von D shade that I swatched was too bold for my liking. And I literally never say that. I felt like all of the colors were way over the top for my fairly simple makeup routine and I wouldn’t feel like myself if I was wearing one of the lippies.

I think the Kat Von D Studded Kiss collection is great for the makeup risk takers and I commend them for using such shocking shades. But, for gals like me with only a few signature lippie colors, I don’t think I would recommend the collection. The “wow” factor of each hue is just too much to feel comfortable in, no matter how fierce they are!

What is your favorite bold makeup to wear? What is the craziest color of lipstick you own? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah