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Fitness Tip#285 - January 4, 2013

Friday, January 04, 2013

Are you Sabotaging Your Sleep?

Beat the Bedtime Blues -- Your Action Plan

• Don't work in bed, or even in the bedroom. Turning the sheets and pillows into a makeshift desk makes it harder to see the bed as a place for rest. And definitely put away the laptop, phone, and any other technological devices well before bedtime. The artificial light coming out of these gadgets can mess up the body's natural sleep cycles.

• Go to sleep at a reasonable hour. (And make it a habit.) Especially when we're overwhelmed with work, it can seem tempting to stay up all night putting the final touches on a project. But pulling an all-nighter can make it much harder to focus the next day. And consistently staying up 'til sunrise may impair learning abilities and contribute to higher anxiety levels.

• Wind down. It's important to take some time to unwind between shutting the computer screen and crawling under the covers. Try taking a warm shower or sipping some herbal tea. If nagging worries are keeping you awake, write them down in a journal. Or mellow out as you're drifting off with some Enya or classical tunes.

• Take a power nap. If the stress monster kept you from getting a solid night's rest last night, try dozing off during the day. Ten to 20 minutes should be enough to wake up feeling refreshed and more alert. Just make sure to keep naps to the afternoon, so you'll still be able to sleep soundly at night.

I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend!!!
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    I took a nap today. It felt great. Mine was more like 2 hours but after being up with my 4 year old at 4:30 this morning; I needed the sleep. He was up with a bad dream, and I couldn't get back to sleep. emoticon
    1903 days ago
    Sleeping, now that is something I'm really good at.
    1904 days ago
  • ANDY_54
    Great set of guidelines! I also turn my alarm clock away from the side of the bed--it's light is too bright. Have a good weekend!
    1905 days ago
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