How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep July 13, 2016Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor, Life Balance.
During the day . . .
* Rise and shine at the same time.
* Get some exercise.
* Cut out afternoon caffeine.
* Limit alcohol.
* Don’t go to bed hungry. Don’t go to bed stuffed.
Go to bed at the same time each night . . .
Having a schedule (e.g., 11 – 7) helps your body transition from wake time to sleep time.
As does following a certain routine.
An hour before bedtime . . .
* Turn off the computer, TV, and other tech devices. No blue lights before light’s out.
* Get things set for the morning ~ put out clothes, plan or pack lunches, set up coffee, etc.
* Let it go. Put anything circulating or percolating through your mind on your To Do List for tomorrow.
Keep a notepad by your bed for Late Breaking News and Worries.
Follow a bedtime ritual . . .
* Put on your PJ’s. Dim the lights. Plump the pillow.
* Turn down the thermostat.
* Do some light stretches, yoga, meditation, visualization. Write in your journal.
Once in bed . . .
* Don’t read anything too “compelling.”
* Allow your thoughts to settle down.
* Let go of the day’s cares and worries.
Practice self-hypnosis ~> Imagine walking down the stairs one step at a time . . . 10 steps . . . counting backwards . . . 9 steps . . . from ten . . . 8 steps . . . to one . . . 7 steps . . . getting . . . 6 steps . . . sleepier . . . 5 steps . . . and sleeper . . . 4 steps . . . with . . . 3 steps . . . each . . . 2 steps . . . one . . .
Aah . . . that’s better!
Do you nod off as soon as your head hits the pillow? Or does it take time for you to settle down before you head off to the Land of Nod?