These are all great tips, thanks for the excellent article. I've found tips 1, 2, 3 and 5 are critical if I want to have a good night's sleep. The bedroom has to be dark and the temperature just right. It has to be quiet, which is why I wear earplugs to bed. I can still hear the smoke detector when it goes off, but all the other noises are nicely muffled. Tip 2 is critical, because if I'm to sleep well I have to be in bed EARLY. What works best for me is going to bed at least 1 hour, sometimes 2, before I want to be asleep. I lay in bed with just the bedside lamp for light, and read something I've read before that will be easy to put aside, such as Sherlock Holmes stories, or I do a couple of crossword puzzles. Tip 3 is also critical, I can't sleep when I'm hungry, but the wrong foods or too much food just before bed will keep me awake. As for tip 5, I find I do best when I don't nap, because it's too easy to lay down and sleep for hours, which totally kills my chance of getting to sleep that night.
- 12/2/2011 3:41:26 PM