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Jul 10, 2007

I want to Sleep Well

My sleeping habbits are not right i know...im not sleeping well these days , i started to think about changing it and improving it by learning some tips and i will try to do my best . here are some info about how to sleep well.

1.Sleep only when u sleepy
....This reduces the time you are awake in bed.

2.If you can't fall asleep within 20 minutes, get up and do something boring until you feel sleepy
......Sit quietly in the dark or read the warranty on your refrigerator. Don't expose yourself to bright light while you are up. The light gives cues to your brain that it is time to wake up.

3.Don't take naps
......This will ensure you are tired at bedtime. If you just can't make it through the day without a nap, sleep less than one hour, before 3 pm.

4.Get up and go to bed the same time every day
.....Even on weekends! When your sleep cycle has a regular rhythm, you will feel better.

5.Refrain from exercise at least 4 hours before bedtime
.....Regular exercise is recommended to help you sleep well, but the timing of the workout is important. Exercising in the morning or early afternoon will not interfere with sleep.

6.Develop sleep rituals
.....It is important to give your body cues that it is time to slow down and sleep. Listen to relaxing music, read something soothing for 15 minutes, have a cup of caffeine free tea, do relaxation exercises.

7.Only use your bed for sleeping
.....Refrain from using your bed to watch TV, pay bills, do work or reading. So when you go to bed your body knows it is time to sleep.

8.Stay away from caffeine, nicotine and alcohol at least 4-6 hours before bed
....Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants that interfere with your ability to fall asleep. Coffee, tea, cola, cocoa, chocolate and some prescription and non-prescription drugs contain caffeine. Cigarettes and some drugs contain nicotine. Alcohol may seem to help you sleep in the beginning as it slows brain activity, but you will end end up having fragmented sleep.

9.Have a light snack before bed
......If your stomach is too empty, that can interfere with sleep. However, if you eat a heavy meal before bedtime, that can interfere as well. Dairy products and turkey contain tryptophan, which acts as a natural sleep inducer. Tryptophan is probably why a warm glass of milk is sometimes recommended.

10.Take a hot bath 90 minutes before bedtime
.....A hot bath will raise your body temperature, but it is the drop in body temperature that may leave you feeling sleepy.

11.Make sure your bed and bedroom are quiet and comfortable
......A hot room can be uncomfortable. A cooler room along with enough blankets to stay warm is recommended. If light in the early morning bothers you, get a blackout shade or wear a slumber mask. If noise bothers you, wear earplugs.

12.Use sunlight to set your biological clock
.......As soon as you get up in the morning, go outside and turn your face to the sun for 15 minutes.

i liked those Tips.... and i do read some books or magazines to make me sleep fast ....so share with me how You get yourself to sleep??? and which one of those Tips you liked most, that in future you may be doing it!!!!!


J@n!ce said...

Lili, thanks for the post. I hope I could really take 90 mins of hot bath every night. But everyday after dinner is another battle for me to clean up the boys to prepare them for sleep. By then, I'm already so tired to take a hot bath ;) LOL

lilifxt said...

you are absolutely right...same here janice...:)

surjit said...

In case you don't get sleep,start reading some religious/spiritual book and see the results..
My best wishes.

lilifxt said...

thx surjit i used to read such books really u reminded me of that i used to have good sleep back then...thx for reminding me.

Nick Phillips, MY said...

I'm glad I have no problems falling a sleep. My wife can testify to that. She says I can fall asleep anywhere!!!

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