10 BenefIts of a Good Night’s Sleep

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Sleeping Positions: Pros & Cons

Sleeping on your back The pros: This position is great for balancing out your body weight and keeping your internal organs aligned. Just be sure to keep a pillow under your knees to help maintain proper alignment of your back. The cons: Not the best position for snorers, since this may make their snoring worse! For side and stomach positions, keep reading. Sleeping on your side The pros: Lying on your side in the fetal position with your knees bent and a pillow between your legs is said to take stress off your back. What’s important is that you use a pillow that will keep your head in a neutral position so that your head won’t drop and affect your posture. And did you know that sleeping on your left side reduces heartburn pain and is best when you’re pregnant since it increases blood and nutrient flow to your baby?! The cons: You’re in luck — there aren’t really any since this position follows the natural curvature of the spine. Sleeping on your stomach The pros: If you have lower back pain, occasionally sleeping on your stomach can relieve pressure on your disc spaces. I know if I’ve been leaning over all day, falling asleep like this feels fantastic since it resembles the cobra yoga position (lots of pillows required!). And it’s been rumored that sleeping on your stomach can lower your blood pressure as well, but we’re waiting for some more concrete evidence on this. The cons: Sleeping on your stomach is a big no-no. Sleeping on your stomach flattens the natural curve in the lower back and keeps your head turned to one side all night, which distorts the alignment of the spine in your neck. This position can also exert unnecessary pressure on your nerves which will cause pins and needles when you wake up. And your breasts won’t like this position, either! image image

Peaceful Beauty Sleep Recipe

Before bedtime, mix up this atomizer spray and you will help the kids and yourself sleep easy tonight!  As an added bonus, your house will smell like a spa at night and when you wake up.

Bedtime Sleep Easy Atomizer Spray:

5 drops lavender
3 Tea tree
3 Eucalyptus
4 oz of purified water

Mix well in atomizer bottle and spray into the air to help soothe and calm at bedtime.  This is a great recipe especially for the kids room, too.   This will clear the air of allergies caused by airborne viruses and bacteria and at the same time provides them with a soothing and calm feeling to sleep easy.  Enjoy or should I say good night….sleep peacefully!

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About the Author:

Beauty Writer & Lifestyle Blogger April M. Monterrosa is a Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Military wife, the mama of a dachshund, a licensed Cosmetologist of 18 years, Owner of The Lil Spa Room, & a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor. With beauty & blogging being such passions, Shine Beautifully was born. Shine Beautifully will feature beauty tips, home remedies, quotes, poetry, recipes, personal stories, travel adventures, & an array of other topics. Don’t forget to subscribe!

Sleepy Spa Sheets

Long day at work? Nothing like slipping into your cozy bed and getting under all your comfy blankets. But why not take it a step further and spa proof your sheets. Try purchasing some Egyptian cotton sheets or softer cotton thread sheets. There is a line called The Spalena Collection at Costco that is pretty reasonably priced. After washing your new sheets,  on the rinse cycle give them a soak before letting the rinse continue. Soak them in Downy Lavender Vanilla  fabric softener for about 30 minutes. When the rinsing cycle is over and they are ready for the dryer, add a few sheets of Downy Lavender Vanilla fabric softener sheets. Do this right before bedtime, so when you sheets are dry and warm, not only will your bed feel extra cozy, the warmth of the sheets will relax your body, and your bedroom will be infused with the lavender vanilla aromatherapy from the fabric softener and sheets.

  •  Lavender Aromatherapy promotes relaxation.
  • Vanilla Aromatherapy promotes stress relief.
  • Both combined can induce a tranquilizing effect that can help promote sleep.

Downy lavender vanilla

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Sleep Like A Baby with Chamomile

A handful of chamomile flowers
2 warm chamomile tea bag for your eyes
1 cup of chamomile tea

Soak your fresh chamomile flowers in a bowl of hot water for 20 minutes.  Place your face over the bowl with a towel over your head. Enjoy inhaling the calming qualities of the chamomile for a few minutes. Scoop off the flowers and pour the water into your bath. Place two warm chamomile tea bags over your eyes.  Make yourself a cup of chamomile tea.

Great tips for getting the most from your bath recipe:
Keep bathroom darkish with only a few candles.
Baths shouldn’t be too hot otherwise they will tire you out.
Self massage before your bath. It is one of the most healing and soothing rituals you can give your body.
Wear ear plugs to block out any household noise or listen to your ipod.
Add an oil burner to your bathroom.  Use an eye pillow for tired eyes.
Choose essential oils that you feel drawn to.  (frankincense, germanium, lavender and ylang ylang)
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April Monterrosa April M. Monterrosa is Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Marine Corps wife, Mama of a Dachshund, licensed Cosmetologist of 17 years,  The Lil Spa Room Owner Founder of the Wonderfully Wise Women Group, Blog, & Online Magazine, a Writer for SAXtreme Magazine, PCA Skin Chemical Peel certified, & a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor. Check out my other blog at Wonderfully Wise Women!