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Are you having SLEEP
Here are some
suggestions that might help improve your sleep.
-Adhere to a regular
schedule of going to bed and getting up at the
same time every day. This will help regulate
your brain and body to a schedule, in turn
helping build a good sleep pattern.
about naps; either take one every day or not at
all. People who nap sporadically usually find
they do not sleep well that night. This again is
about the patterns you are creating.
drinks or stimulants past mid-afternoon. Caffine
is a stimulant and might be contributing to your
sleep issues. Be aware of other items that
contain caffine, such as: chocolate.
-Avoid alcohol beyond
dinner. Instead of promoting sleep, a nightcap
disturbs sleep patterns and can cause early
-Sleeping pills should
be used judiciously and not longer than four
weeks. Prolonged use will only increase
insomnia. There are many on the market,
they seem to work differently per person , so
find the right one for you.
-Don't eat a
substantial meal before retiring, and don't go
to bed hungry. Being to full or having a noisy
belly can contribute to not sleeping.
-Don't engage in
strenuous activity before bedtime. Try to
exercise in the morning, early afternoon or
early evening. This will get the endorphins
flowing, causing sleep issues.
-Relax before going to
bed. Take a warm bath, listen to soothing music,
avoid stressful thoughts. Light reading can be
calming, but avoid bright lights.
-Do not watch TV before bed, as the Blue
light affects your eyes/brain and sleep patterns.
-If your brain does
not slow down and getting to sleep is an
issue..have a notebook next to your bed..write
down the things that come to your brain--this
way you do not have to focus on
remembering/memorizing your thoughts till
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