9 Keys to Getting the Sleep You Need

YJ Influencer Laura Burkhart shares the surefire strategies she’s used to end her decade-long battle with insomnia.
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For over a decade sleep was a major challenge for me. I had a lot of difficulty falling asleep. Sometimes I would lie in bed for an hour of two before finally drifting off! And most of the time I would wake after a few hours and not be able to get back to sleep. 

Research has proven that the right amount of sleep leads to better health, mood, memory, and attention. It also helps us manage stress and alleviates inflammation and depression. So it's not surprising my lack of sleep began affecting my work, health, relationships, and how I showed up in the world. I would be so exhausted that it was difficult to focus at work, my patience with friends and family was low. And many times I would find myself upset or angry merely because I was so tired. It also affected my digestion and made me more susceptible to getting sick.

I eventually saw a sleep doctor who prescribed a number of medications that were way too strong for my body, leaving me groggy and messing with my memory throughout the day. Over time, I experimented with my lifestyle and sleep environment and eventually found my own recipe for better sleep. I rarely have trouble with sleep these days, but that is because I take all of the following steps very seriously! If you have difficulty with sleep, I challenge you to experiment with the following tips and find the combination that will help you get a good night’s sleep more often than not.

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