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Sweet Dreams, Baby!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

For about 15 years, I did not sleep well. Why?
first, there was a bad marriage. I carried a lot of fear and unhappiness to bed with me.
Then I took night classes in preparation for a new job to get out of the bad marriage. I ran a daycare out of my home, and the sale of the house would have to happen. I went back to school to become a teacher. Night classes leave you with a mind full of information that I processed while I tried to sleep.
Finally, I worked through a few relationships before I met my husband. All of this transition can create lots of thoughts.
So how did I find peace and a good night's sleep? I developed several routines that help me relax.
1. deep breathing exercises
2. Chamomile tea and 3 ml. of melatonin.
3. I close the blinds evey night.
4. I read something positive.
5. I write down my thoughts and keep my mind clear.
6. I pray and thank God for my many blessings.
7. I hike and get out in the fresh air.
Getting a good night's sleep is a discipline, but it is certainly worth it. Don't let the trials of life keep you up at night!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WALKINGIRL5 3/27/2013 10:36AM

    Hi Jstetser it's 3.30 am and woken up , visited SP where I haven't been for a long time and see your lovely flowers from Feb-thank you! Have searched through your blogs to find this one you mentioned in the note.
I also must develop some routines for me to get a reasonable nights sleep.
Thank you for these suggestions emoticon

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DS9KIE 2/26/2013 11:46PM


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MJ7DM33 2/26/2013 6:25PM

  emoticon Sleep is very important!

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POPSY190 2/26/2013 12:26PM

    Great blog. Sleep is crucial to health indeed.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/26/2013 8:44AM

    As always, an excellent blog. You know, sometimes we hear and dismiss the philosophy that what doesn't kill you will make you stronger and that's so true! Everyone has challenges in life to work through and if you face your fears, work through them, step-by-step, you'll be stronger. You've obviously arrived there!

I meditate before bed, too. Relaxes me. My gratitude journal is @ my bedside and I write in it daily. It's amazing how sometimes when you mentally try to go through what you're grateful for, it's not easy, but when you put pen to paper it flows!

HUGS and here's to a great Tuesday.

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RD03875 2/26/2013 8:44AM

  Great blog

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CAPECODLIGHT 2/26/2013 8:24AM

    I am happy to report, I follow most of your list. I think another thing that helps me sleep better is eating healthily. If my body is not trying to digest chemicals, fatty meals, etc., it seems to be at peace more. My sleep has been so much better in the past year - what a difference!
Glad you are getting the z-z-z's you need too!

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JUDYHELP 2/26/2013 6:19AM

  emoticon so glad that you can enjoy a good nights sleep. emoticon here's to many more pleasant nights! emoticon emoticon have a great week. Judy

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WELLNESSME09 2/26/2013 6:19AM

    emoticon great routines! emoticon

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DAJAMOGU1 2/26/2013 6:12AM

    Great ideas! For me, I do my Gratitude Journal. I write down 5 things that I am grateful for that day. Some days it is the small things (like not having the light turn red on my way to work), and some days it is big things (like having a friend help me with a big task). It helps me focus before falling asleep.

I need to try the whole getting outside and walking though! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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SUSIEPH1 2/26/2013 6:08AM

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