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Sticker Surprise

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Sticker Surprise

Hi! This past Friday at work, I was having some coffee and thought that I had spilled some on my hoodie. Yes, it’s finally hoodie weather in Ohio and I am LOVING it!! When I looked down, I noticed what I thought was coffee but, to my surprise, it ended up being a sticker that my lil niece had stuck on there back in the springtime:

I couldn’t believe that this tiny butterfly (Her favorite!) sticker had stayed on for that long because it was barely hanging on by the time I noticed it. The sticker withstood me putting it on and running out into the cold and windy morning to my car. I am so glad that it did because this Sticker Surprise was just what I needed after a super long week at work.

I have been insanely busy on the ol’ blog and I had been getting up at 5:45 every morning last week to get things done before going to my other job. By the time Friday rolled around, I was completely exhausted! Looking down and seeing a sticker from my niece on my hoodie turned a normal day into something special. Despite being drop dead tired and all, I had a great day because I had the best pick me up in the morning.

Feeling down or worn out? Always look for your own personal butterflies to help turn things around! It’s the little things, right? ❤

What makes you smile? When do you normally get up for work? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Chilling Out

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Chilling Out

Hello! These past few weekends for Johnny and I have been nice and relaxing which is a welcome change of pace after several super busy weekends in a row. I definitely know that I was feeling the effects of being on the move nonstop because I felt so exhausted throughout my work week. My job is quite mentally demanding so this on top of tired made me feel drained.

While I love going out and about with Johnny, a lot of my favorite things can be done just Chilling Out in our apartment. Like the following:

Pampering Party:

Pampering myself after a long day at work always makes me feel better. This means bubble baths, face masks, getting my nails done, and painting my toe nails. Johnny also loves to have his nails painted so I’ll usually do his fingers and toes too while the nail polish is out. Nothing pleases me more than an evening at the nail salon or testing out a new skin care product and it is a great midweek refresher until the weekend rolls around. A Pampering Party is my favorite form of self care and it gives me something to look forward to for once I get home.

Fun & Games:

Super intense video games are not relaxing to me in the slightest even though I love them. However, Pokemon Snap and Animal Crossing never fail to put me in the chill zone. Both games for the Nintendo Switch are insanely cute, laid back, and fairly mindless. They are also games that Johnny and I enjoy a lot so we play them often when we need some time to unwind. Our new hobby has been listening to The Last Podcast On The Left together and we will normally play Pokemon Snap or Animal Crossing while we have an episode on.

Soak Up The Sun:

I have been making great use of the pool at my apartment community this summer and it feels nice to be in the water and catch some rays in the evening. It is also the best time to go since it is not as crowded which makes it even more relaxing! Our apartment gets incredibly hot in the summer so I love having a pool two minutes away to cool off in. It’s hard to get in a chill set of mind when you’re sweating profusely lol!

Book Club:

Despite pretty much only reading horror and thriller novels, reading always helps me to relax and I try to finish a book at least every three weeks. Right now, I have been working on Candide by Voltaire which I have really been enjoying. Next on deck is a suspense novel by Megan Miranda called Such A Quiet Place. Nothing is better than settling in with a good book and I get transported to the chill zone as soon as I read one page.

It’s important to know what helps you to relax when you are feeling tired or stressed and the above are all surefire ways to unwind for me. Talk about an instant chill pill!

How do you like to relax? What makes you feel stressed? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Boosting Your Energy Naturally, Sans Caffeine

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Boosting Your Energy Naturally, Sans Caffeine

Do you have low energy levels and feel fatigued on most days? Find that you turn to coffee and sugary treats to get yourself through the day? You’re not alone. Our lives are full of long work hours, stressful relationships, and currently a lot of uncertainty, which has resulted in a lack of energy in most of us. Luckily, there are lots of great ways to give yourself a natural boost to get yourself back to being your lively, energetic self – and all without having to indulge in caffeine. Try the following:

Vitamins:

Vitamins, or lack thereof, can play a huge part when it comes to your energy levels and feeling fatigued. Vitamin b12, also known as the energy vitamin, can help give you a big boost and is needed for overall good health. One of eight B vitamins, it helps the body to convert the food that you eat into glucose, therefore giving you energy. It also prevents anemia that can lead to feeling weak and tired and keeps the body’s nerves healthy. Taking supplements is one of the easiest ways of getting your Vitamin b12 intake; however, you can always find the vitamin in foods such as salmon, red meat, feta cheese, and nutritional yeast.

Reduce your carbs:

Ever noticed how after eating a big delicious meal that’s full of carbs, whether that be potatoes, pasta, or bread, you find your eyes starting to close, and an afternoon nap calling your name? That’s because when we eat that big dish full of pasta (AKA excessive carbs), we have a rapid spike in insulin levels, which causes a drop in our blood sugar levels, leaving our bodies exhausted throughout the digestion process.

Now, that’s not to say that you have to take carbs off of the menu, but you should try to avoid simple carbs and replace them with complex carbs instead, to avoid that mid-afternoon slump. Try and add more whole grains into your meal, alongside leafy greens and vegetables, and you will notice that a well-balanced diet will make a massive difference to your energy levels without needing to turn to caffeine.

Remove sources of stress and anxiety:

It is well known that both stress and anxiety take a massive toll on health, including having noticeably less energy. Therefore, one of the most effective ways to boost your energy levels is by removing the sources of stress or anxiety in your life. This also includes relationships and friendships that drain your energy and don’t serve you anymore. While it is impossible to remove all stress from everyday life, there are things that you can do to deal with it more effectively, such as meditation, NAD+, and yoga.

Exercise:

As weird as it might seem, regularly moving your body and exercising is an absolutely guaranteed way to boost your energy levels and make you feel good thanks to the resulting mood-boosting endorphins. It has been proven that a daily short walk can provide a more significant energy boost than even food. Try to incorporate a walk or another physical activity into your daily routine and you will notice that you feel more energetic in no time.

Try the tips above to give yourself an energy boost, the natural way!

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Setting Up Your Bedroom For Optimal Sleep

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Setting Up Your Bedroom For Optimal Sleep

If you want to feel great and function to the best of your ability each day, then it’s essential that you get good sleep. Your bedroom is one of the most important rooms in your home, and you want the space to feel cozy and personal to you.

There are steps you can take to help set up your bedroom for optimal sleep so you can wake up feeling refreshed each day. You’ll thank yourself later on for following through with these actions when you have more natural energy and aren’t having trouble falling or staying asleep:

Find A Suitable Room Temperature:

A bedroom that is too hot or too cold will be distracting and keep you from getting optimal sleep. You don’t want to be tossing and turning all night because the space isn’t properly heated or cooled off. One idea is to install a wall mounted AC unit, which is an affordable and efficient way to keep your bedroom at an ideal temperature, especially during the summer months.

Invest in A Comfortable Mattress & Bedding:

Another aspect to pay close attention to is your bed itself. Invest in a comfortable mattress and bedding so you feel at ease as soon as you hit the sheets. Take your time shopping for a mattress that won’t hurt your back and cause you aches and pains. The right sheets and comforter can also impact your sleep and how comfortable you are, so read reviews from other consumers before making a purchase.

Paint & Decorate with Soothing Colors:

Set up your bedroom for optimal sleep by painting and decorating the space with soothing colors that will reduce stress and anxious thoughts. You want to avoid bold and bright hues that may stimulate your brain and keep you up. You want shades that will deliver a sense of calm as soon as you enter the room. Review some of the best paint colors for a restful sleep so you can make any necessary adjustments.

Remove any Clutter:

A messy and disorderly bedroom may also be getting in the way of you achieving optimal sleep. Therefore, set aside time to remove any clutter and make sure all of your belongings have a place to live. Hang up your clothes nicely or put them in the drawers and clean often to maintain a tidy and inviting space. Seeing clutter before you try to go to bed may cause your mind to race, which can be detrimental to you being able to fall asleep.

Replace Old Window Treatments:

You may be missing out on a good night’s sleep because your bedroom isn’t dark enough. One idea is to replace old window treatments that may be letting in too much light at night. There are plenty of options on the market to choose from that will allow you to darken the room and make sure it stays dark throughout the evening hours, and when the sun starts to rise. Another option may be sleeping with an eye mask but this might not be as comfortable for you.

Catch some Z’s with the tips above and have the sweetest of dreams! ❤

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Taking Some “Me” Time

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Taking Some “Me” Time

Hello! As an owner of two businesses, it almost seems impossible to hunker down during a work day for some “me” time. Especially considering that when I don’t work, I don’t get paid. I can count on five fingers the amount of times I have cancelled with my clients that wasn’t due to my oral surgery mishap or the car accident that happened this past year. So, yeah, I’ve been feeling pretty burnt out!

This past week was a rough one for me. My stomach was nauseous, I was on my period, and I just felt so fatigued. Then, on Wednesday night, I had a lot of my tattoos touched up which wore me out even more. Come Thursday morning, I got up around six and felt so lightheaded and weak that I grabbed my phone, cancelled all of my clients and plans for the day, and went back to bed. I ended up waking up at 10:30! It was beautiful. :*)

By the time I woke up and was feeling much better, I was kicking myself in the ass for not going to work and debated on heading over to my afternoon client’s house. But, after realizing that I probably would have left shortly after arriving there, I decided to just stay home and relax.

During my day off, I was able to clean my apartment, work on hanging pictures for my accent wall, and watch at least five episodes of America’s Next Top Model before my boyfriend came home from work. It was great! In fact, it made me wonder why I don’t have days like that more often and then I remembered it’s because I wouldn’t get paid! Lol, whomp whomp.

I didn’t really realize just how exhausted I was until I had my me day and it taught me a lesson in listening to what my body needs and being more accommodating to that. Calling off of work definitely will not be a regular thing for me, but scheduling a random day off for myself every now and then is going to be on the agenda and I am already thanking myself for it in advance!

How do you take time for you? How do you relax after a long day? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

11 Effective Solutions To Avoid Sleeping Problems

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11 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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Rise and shine!

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!

Consider a Supplement:

If you keep an eye on your diet and health already but find there are still problems with your sleep you may want to consider a supplement. With this in mind, there are supplements that can help you to feel better and sleep deeper. There are supplements like magnesium that have been shown to have a positive impact but there’s also a lot of information out there on CBD oil. You can find more information on https://www.health.com/mind-body/best-cbd-oil to get you started. However, the most important thing to remember with supplements is that they are there to supplement your life rather than to completely solve a problem. Having a supplement in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle is the best combination.

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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One Of Those Mornings

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One Of Those Mornings

Hellooooooooo! Have you ever had one of those mornings where everything just seems to be so insanely UGH? It starts as soon as you wake up and it doesn’t end until you are caffeinated enough to get your shit together. When I’m tired, I normally suffer from a severe case of the dropsies and there is absolutely no telling where whatever is in my hand might end up. For example:

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Lol, yes that is my heat protecting spray. And, yes, it definitely landed in the toilet. Haha, thank gawd it was nearly empty, anyways! Not only did my hair care make a splash into the throne but so much makeup landed in the trash can and I honestly have no idea how that happened. I guess I’ll blame it on being tired and funnel some more coffee down my mouth? Yeah? Yeah.

All I can hope for all of you, my darlings, is that none of your morning routine essentials end up in the toilet. Because, if that doesn’t happen, then I would say you’re off to a pretty good start for your day! 😀

How does your body react when you are tired? How much sleep do you need to get yourself through another day? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Burnt Out

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Burnt Out

Hi everyone and happy Monday! I hope that all of you had a wonderful weekend! It’s been a long few weeks for Lil Red, thanks to a horrible stint with the flu earlier this month. Because I work for myself in all three of my jobs, I don’t have the luxury of paid time off. So, I had a lot of making up to do because of a week of being totally incapacitated. And, believe me when I say, I am completely burnt out.

When it comes to all of my endeavors in life, I take every precaution to keep them running smoothly. Prewriting blogs specifically for the occasion of being sick, following my calendar to a T to keep myself on time for all of my appointments every day, and even taking time for me to go ice dancing during the week. So, why do I feel so unbelievably exhausted?

Yes, I have been stretching myself too thin for work. But, it was a complete necessity to make up for lost time, especially because I will be out of office for a third of October. I think that an impending family vacation and then some me time with my cousin in Pittsburgh also has something to do with it. It feels so close but so far away, so everything leading up to it just feels like a chore.

What do I do? I could completely burn myself into the ground until it’s time for me to hit the bricks for vacation. Or, I could make sure that I’m still incorporating some R&R in the meantime, because god knows I need it. I think that I’ll be going with Option B! An unfortunate truth of self employment means no PTO but, now I know for future reference that working ten days in a row to make up for it isn’t the right answer, either.

Finding a healthy balance for the workaholic and human in me is difficult. Naturally, I want to be productive during my work days. But, all work and no play makes Lil Red a dull girl, and it’s important for me to work in breaks during the day no matter how small they may be. Even a half hour to enjoy a drink at Starbucks is better than going from task to task without a second to breathe in between!

There’s no denying that I am feeling burnt out in my daily life. But, hopefully taking some time during my day just for me will help improve this sensation until I get to completely let loose on vacation! #poetandididntknowit 😀

What do you do when you are feeling burnt out? How do you carve in time for yourself during a busy day? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Introducing Sleep Hygiene To Your Life

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Introducing Sleep Hygiene To Your Life

If you’re someone who struggles to get to sleep at night, or you’re the kind of person who lays awake for hours just waiting for sleep to catch up with you, then there’s a good chance that you do not have the best sleep hygiene. This is a relatively new concept that’s been getting a lot of attention recently, with more and more people complaining of insomnia and research into sleep disorders becoming a wide medical field.

If you want to introduce it into your life, because let’s face it, at this point you’ll take anything to make sure you get a good night’s sleep, then here’s some basic tips. It’s important to remember that not everything works for everyone before frustration makes you give up on the entire premise!

Get Relaxed Before Bed:

It’s all well and good that you can fall onto the softest mattress from Sterling Sleep Systems, but you need to get properly relaxed before that to make sure that sleep takes hold of you in the shortest time possible. The best way to do this is to implement a routine for the nighttime that gets your body used to switching off and falling asleep, and gets your brain to remember that sleep is its friend!

Make sure that you’re washing in warm water before you head to the dream world, as a bath or shower can release tension from your muscles and give you a very refreshing feeling. You could also try stretching yourself out before you sleep; yes, a bit of exercise before saying goodnight could help you. Your body doesn’t need to settle into a lethargic position before you fall into a restful slumber, after all.

Keep it Dark:

Your brain needs to focus and only focus on trying to get to sleep, and that means your sleep environment needs to be calm and quiet for you to slumber away in. Making sure it’s dark is a good way to indicate to your open eyes that it’s time to rest. This isn’t something everyone finds relaxing, of course, but you can easily minimize the effect of harsh lighting before you go to sleep by turning off the phone or the TV, or dimming these screens down.

Try Not to Nap:

Everyone needs to nap from time to time, but if you’re taking two to three hour naps in the middle of the day, you’re going to suffer at bedtime. This is because your body doesn’t feel tired due to the extra energy, and let’s face it, you already know this is a problem you have to conquer. If you do need to nap, try to limit the time to 30 minutes, with 20 minutes being the optimum. It can erase the tiredness behind your eyes and really boost your mood, so feel free to take these shorter naps.

Sleep hygiene is quite effective to practice and can make going into the land of nod a lot easier.

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The End Of Insomnia: Putting A Stop To Sleepless Nights

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The End Of Insomnia: Putting A Stop To Sleepless Nights

It is estimated that up to 60 million Americans experience insomnia each year. If you’re familiar with lying awake watching the clock tick by painfully slowly in the early hours, you’re not alone. Although insomnia is a common problem, this doesn’t make it any less serious. The reality is, that we need sleep. Without it, there’s a risk of physical and mental health complications. If you can’t sleep and you long to wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and invigorated, hopefully this guide will prove helpful:

Setting Your Body Clock:

Many of us make the mistake of trying to catch up on sleep by napping during the day or getting up later the morning after. While this may provide temporary relief, in the long-term, it can actually exacerbate the symptoms of insomnia. Your body has an internal clock, and if you’re sleeping at all hours of the day, that clock is going to be off kilter. Try and establish a routine, which means that you go to bed and get up at the same time every day, even on the weekends. Your body will get used to this new pattern, and hopefully, you’ll find that it is easier to doze off and get up in the morning. If you lose track of time very easily and you tend to fall asleep on the sofa, set an alarm or use an app to remind you to go to bed.

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 Sleepy time!

Seeing Your Doctor:

If you can’t sleep on a regular basis and you can’t even remember when you last had a good night’s sleep, consider making an appointment with your doctor. If you miss out on sleep, it can have a negative impact on your health and your mental well being. People who sleep well are proven to have a lower risk of stress, anxiety, and depression and they tend to have better immunity and higher energy levels. When you see your doctor, they may recommend making some changes to your lifestyle and also your sleeping environment.

In more severe cases, they may advise you to take medication. When you pick up your prescription, read the instructions carefully. If you develop side-effects, this may be a result of taking the wrong dosage, or it may be your body’s reaction to a new medication. If you’re worried about the dosage, speak to your doctor. If you have been advised incorrectly, you may wish to consider taking legal action and seek an expert for your malpractice claim. In many cases, side-effects occur as a natural response to medication, and it is sometimes possible to switch to other drugs that may not have the same impact.

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Exercising:

Exercising has multiple benefits for people who struggle to sleep. Exercise tires the body out, but it also has powerful stress and anxiety relieving properties. When you’re worried about something or you feel like you’re under pressure, this can make it really difficult to switch off at night. If you can clear your mind and relax before you get into bed, this is going to improve your sleep quality enormously. Activities that are particularly beneficial for relaxation include yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, swimming, walking, team sports, and kickboxing. insom2.png

 Get your yoga on before bed!

Leaving Work At The Office:

Do you check emails in bed or spend hours thinking about what you’ve got to do tomorrow? It’s easier said than done, but leaving work at the office is so important. Nobody is capable of working twenty-four hours a day, and it’s vital to have a healthy work/life balance. You need downtime to recover, rest, and relax. When you get home, don’t start looking at your inbox and focus on enjoying the evening. If you get a good night’s sleep, you’ll work much more efficiently the next day. Read a book, chat with your friends, watch TV, and just chill out.

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No more checking your phone before bed!

Are sleepless nights taking their toll on you? If you’re not getting enough sleep, the sooner you make changes, the better. Try and adapt your routine to ensure that you go to bed and wake up at the same time each day and aim to incorporate exercise sessions and time to wind down and relax into your daily regime. If you’ve made changes, but you still can’t sleep, don’t hesitate to see your doctor. There are treatments out there that can help you tackle insomnia and get the rest you need.