Sleep October 3
There are many reasons we don't sleep soundly. Stress, too much caffeine--especially late in the day, too much ambient light, and a myriad of other reasons prevent us from peaceful slumber. I myself have suffered with insomnia since childhood. I don't use pharmaceutical sleep aids, but I have discovered some tricks to ensure I sleep well.
Here are my top five:
Have a regular bedtime. I know this may seem silly and it really does help. If your body gets accustomed to going to sleep at the same time each evening, then it becomes a habit, just like you probably get hungry at a particular time of day because you each lunch at at the same time each day.
Have a bedtime routine, it will act as a signal to your mind and body that the day is over and it is time to rest. I have found it very helpful to have a set routine and stick with it. I bathe, brush my teeth, play my rain CD, and read for about 30 minutes. When I turn out the light I am usually asleep in 15 to 20 minutes. Before I had a set ritual, it might be 1 or 2 in the morning before I feel asleep.
Ditch the TV. I know there are some of you who think you would die if you didn't have the TV in your bedroom, trust me, you won't. The problem with sleeping with the TV on, or setting the timer to turn it off after you've fallen asleep, is that research shows that your subconscious is listening as you sleep, not allowing you to sleep soundly. And when the TV does shut off? Many people wake up and reset the timer.
Controlling the amount of light in the room makes a real difference when it comes to restful sleep. The light from the street lamps, electric clock, and electronic devices all filter in through those lovely eyelids and, if bright enough, disrupt your sleep. Do your best to keep the light from the street out and reduce the light in the room to slumber more deeply.
Rise at the same time each day. This gets your body into a rhythm--you go to bed at a certain time and rise at a certain time--everyday. Again, you're training yourself so that it becomes a habit. If you wake up at the same time everyday, you're likely to be tired at the same time each day.
Give these a try for several weeks and sweet dreams...
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