Have you ever noticed how fast people are to give pregnant women or new parents advice? Oh yeah, we’re full of help then–when to feed, how to tag team, what is and isn’t safe. However, once you turn 40, no one has advice for you. We all become tight-lipped and want to pretend like it isn’t happening. Well, I’m here to tell you the truth about something that happens when you hit the big 4-0: You won’t be able to get a peaceful night’s sleep ever again. Ok, maybe not really ever again, but it will feel like it. Since I hit that milestone birthday recently (three years ago), I toss and turn through the night. I even sleep in another room some nights so my husband doesn’t have to put up with the tornado that I become once I hit the sack (and totally not in a good way.)
Why can’t I sleep?
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that it has more to do with my body changing at this age and less to do with staying out too late to see a cool band. (I looked at my hand and trust me, there are none of those awesome bar stamps that I used to proudly sport.) No, it’s just another great thing about aging that no one mentions. No one says, “Oh, right, you won’t be able to sleep any more.” No, they just smile at you over their drinks at your 40th birthday party, those knowing glances that you soon decipher on your own.
So, what to do? Here are some things that have helped me, so maybe it will help you, too.
3 Ways to Help You Sleep Better After 40
1. Take an over-the-counter sleep aid like ZzzQuil.
I know what you’re thinking, but don’t underestimate the power of an over-the-counter sleep aid. Aids like ZzzQuil can help you get the rest that just won’t happen on its own. As a matter of fact, here’s a ZzzQuil coupon to get you started. (Now, you really don’t have an excuse, so go on.)
2. Make your room dark.
Your body really does have an internal time clock. That means when it’s dark, your body releases certain chemicals that slow down your system and helps you go into relaxation mode. Don’t make me get all physiological on you, but trust me, it happens.
3. Eliminate distractions.
Have the television on when you go to sleep and your smart phone right by your head so you won’t miss anything that goes on? Yeah, me too. How the heck do you expect to get a good night’s sleep (yes, I’m talking to myself) when you don’t even allow your brain to “shut off”? Don’t worry, they rerun episodes of “Real Housewives” like crazy and that email really can wait.
I was compensated for this post as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All the opinions expressed here are my own.