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16 more tips for better sleep

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Another page from my doctor gives more tips. They call this sleep hygiene like getting into a routine for a better night's sleep much like you get into a routine for mouth/teeth and bathing routine. So here are my version of the 16 tips towards sleep hygiene.

1. Don't go to bed unless you are sleepy.
Find something relaxing to do instead. This will help your body and mind relax to make getting to sleep easier.

2. If you are not asleep after 20 minutes, get up, leave the room, and find something relaxing to do.

3. Begin rituals that help you relax each night before bedtime.
This could include a warm bath, light snack, some reading, browsing your favorite magazine.

4. Get up at the same time every morning.
This includes weekends and holidays, too.

5. Get a regular night's sleep as often as you can.
Hopefully this will be everyday.

6. Avoid taking naps if you can.
If you do need one, try to make it a power nap lasting 20-30 minutes, and never after 3PM.

7. Keep a regular schedule.
Try to stick to a schedule for meals, taking your meds, and chores.

8. Don't read, write, eat, watch TV, talk on the phone,, or play cards in bed.

9. Do not have any caffeine after dinner.

10. Do not have a beer, glass of wine, or any alcohol within 6 hours of your bedtime.

11. Do not have a cigarette or any form of nicotine before bedtime.

12. Do not go to bed hungry, but do not eat a large meal near bedtime either.

13. Avoid andy tough exercise within 6 hours of bedtime.
Exercise on a regular basis, but do it earlier in the day.

14. Avoid sleeping pills, or use them cautiously.

15. Try to get rid of or deal with things that make you worry.
Your bed is a place to rest, not worry.

16. Make your bedroom quiet, dark, and slightly cooler.
This should remind you of a cave.

I hope these will help you have a better night's sleep and more often. If you stop and think about them, most are common sense!

Be sure to enjoy your day and keep safe and warm from the clean up from the storm.

Peace Love Hope
Ev

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GCHUNG 2/12/2013 7:40AM

    Thanks for sharing! My DH goes out like a light every night. Me it takes a bit of time.

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STLOUISWOMAN 2/11/2013 3:45PM

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Thanks for sharing with us.

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ILOVETOCRUISE 2/11/2013 9:05AM

    I sleep off and on throughout the night and always have.
These are good tips.
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KARIDIAN1 2/10/2013 9:00PM

    Great tips Ev!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/10/2013 5:13PM

    Excellent blog! HUGS

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MNNICE 2/10/2013 1:37PM

    I need to work on 6 & 8, although I actually do sleep very well 99 percent of the time.

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MADAMES 2/10/2013 12:23PM

    Thank you!

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NYARAMULA 2/10/2013 11:43AM

    ?great tips. Thanks for sharing.

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LIS193 2/10/2013 10:08AM

    Great tips!
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AWESOMECHELZ 2/10/2013 8:32AM

    emoticon very much! emoticon Chelsea

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SIMPLY4DHEART 2/10/2013 1:18AM

    Thank you, I am going to have to try your tips! Do you find they work for you?
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FLEMIDG 2/10/2013 12:08AM

    Thanks for this great information. I don't think any of it would have helped me last night. I just couldn't get to sleep. I managed to sleep for a couple of hours this morning in my easy chair.

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COXBETH 2/9/2013 10:51PM

    I've also heard a lot about not watching tv or using any backlit screen prior to bed - if you get up (because you aren't sleepy or the 20 minutes thing), do something that doesn't involve a backlit screen .

More info: http://portables.about.com/od/ebook
reasers/a/E-Readers-and-Sleep.htm

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NORASPAT 2/9/2013 10:47PM

    Thanks I am doing so much better with sleep of late I just cannot get to bed early enough. I shoot for 11pm but it;s after midnight most nights. Thanks Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks EV-Pat

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MSKIZ69 2/9/2013 10:46PM

    Thanks for this-great blog!!! emoticon emoticon

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