Tuesday, July 31, 2012

This month, I think the big thing I'm going to work on is getting enough sleep, which we all *know* is important, but sometimes slips through the cracks anyway.

Consistent wakeup times are key (5:16 am!), and consistent SLEEP time would be nice, but my variable commute times (1 hour or four?) home are making it tricky. 9 every night would be great, 11 seems to be what's happening.

Does anyone have any tricks for falling asleep quickly? I have a quiet, dark space, I know to put on warm socks so Cold Feet don't keep me up, I have a comfy pillow... anything else I could try (that doesn't involve meds)?
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  • GRETA242
    Something I do as I lay in bed trying to sleep is to imagine myself somewhere lovely such as walking along the beach at Lake Michigan. I focus on that image, the feeling of the sand between my toes, the sound of the waves crashing on the beach, the smell of the water, the sweetness of the air, etc. This will sometimes put me to sleep quickly.

    Night time rituals help too. I wear a Cpap mask and usually as soon as it goes on my face, I'm asleep in five minutes.

    Try drinking a glass of warm milk.
    Think about what you worry about as you lay in bed waiting for sleep. See yourself putting those thoughts, feelings, problems on the shelve to be dealt with in the morning or in dreams.

    Something else that may help is to talk yourself to sleep by relaxing the various areas of your body. Such as: my toes are relaxing, feel your toes relax, my toes are going to sleep, my feet are relaxing and going to sleep, move up your body until you are asleep or until your body relaxes.

    I hope this helps.
    3185 days ago
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