You know the feeling all too well. Tossing and turning, making lists, going over lists, and fretting over forgetting something all night long until the sun shines through your window, and you realize you haven’t slept a wink. Moving is stressful as you worry about what to pack and how to unpack it down the road in your new house. Whether you’re still packing up your current home or you’re working on unloading your belongings in your new place, you need a good night’s sleep to give you energy, strength, and clarity. While sleeping pills may knock you out, sometimes those synthetic drugs may leave you feeling worse for wear in the morning. So instead of popping pills, try these natural sleep aids to help you get some shut eye during your big move.
Kick the Caffeine
Drinking caffeinated beverages anywhere between six and nine hours before your bedtime can contribute to your insomnia. What’s more, if you have several cups of coffee, and maybe even some chocolate, all of the caffeine will build up and keep you too alert and awake throughout the night. If you’re craving a coffee in the late afternoon, choose the decaf, or better yet, brew some chamomile tea instead. Many swear by the sleep, relaxation, and calming benefits of a cup of chamomile tea before bedtime.
Turn off Electronics
Watching TV, checking emails, browsing the internet, and playing video games before bed are all sure ways to keep you up till the early hours of the morning. These bright electronic devices delay your body’s release of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, which may cause you to stay up later. The devices also actively engage your mind and tempt you to stay up later. To avoid the negative impacts of these gadgets, turn them off or avoid them around an hour before you plan to go to bed.
Right before you start to drift off, you worry whether you put a label on that last box or if you placed that special box aside for the truck cab, and then you spend the next hour worrying if you’ll remember these details by morning. To kick the stress, leave a notebook and pen beside your bed, and jot down these things as they come to mind. Once you write them down you can quit thinking about them until the morning.