Updated: Aug 23
Picture this: It's 5:35 PM.
You're hungry after a busy day at work, itching to get home to see your family, but you're stuck in traffic. Frustration sets in; however you're used to it since this is an EVERY DAY occurrence.
So you finally stroll into your house at 6:05 PM, your young children are jumping for your attention, and they're hungry too. You pop some frozen dinners in the microwave knowing full well they're not healthy, but also knowing that you just don't have time to think, much less cook. After a quick dinner consisting of Salisbury Steak, your day is nowhere near over!
Now it's time to do laundry, read with the kids, and of course all of the work from the office. When do you have time to rest? At night, you keep telling yourself.
But every night it's the same old story. You flop into bed past 1 AM and close your eyes. Your mind is still racing from the day that just passed and the busy day ahead. So you toss and turn, hoping that you'll be able to get at least a little shut-eye before your 6:00 AM wake up call (an annoyingly loud alarm clock you've had for 15 years).
And the next day it starts all over again...
You're tired at work, you don't have time to eat, you're stressed, and you can't get out of the vicious cycle. It's time to avoid sleep deprivation and finally get rest.
So what do you do?
First thing's first: take a deep breath... inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale.
You're probably stressed out now reading this.
To finally AVOID sleep deprivation cycle and get restful sleep tonight, do the following:
 Get a notebook and take 10 minutes right before laying down to free write. What you want to do is get every thought from the past, present, and future out of your head and on paper where it's safe and secure. This will free the clutter from your head and allow you to rest easier.
 Get a new alarm clock that wakes you up gradually with classical music. This will do absolute wonders for your morning routine. What you want to do is set the alarm to go off 15-20 minutes earlier than you usually wake up. It will turn on very quietly and slowly bring you out of your slumber.
"At the end of the day, sleep is a barometer of your emotional health. And so if you’re not in the right place where you need to be, then you’re going to have voices keeping you up at night because you have to work through those issues." ~ Mehmet Oz
 Add healthy snacks to your daily routine. One of my favorites is a 2 oz pre-packaged bag of baby carrots or cucumbers. They taste good, they're good for you, and they take little to no prep-time. When you're hungry at work or on the way home, munch on these. Another great snack is raw almonds. Eating healthier just works.
Use these 3 simple tips to avoid sleep deprivation and enjoy a more restful sleep tonight.
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If any of these tips work for you, please come back and leave a comment below.