Get some SLEEP!

How can I get some sleep!

There you are, in bed again, tossing and turning or just unable to rest. When you close your eyes, they hurt and burn. You've got to sleep and you need to sleep, but how do you get to sleep.

There are many reasons why a lot of us have trouble getting to sleep. You're too wound up from the days activities. You're anticipating what will happen tomorrow or a few days from now. You're worried about something or someone and can't seem to get the rest YOU need.

We've all been there and some of us have insomnia and can't help. But some of us wonder if there are things other than Unisom, tranquillers, and prescription drugs that will cure of the wide awake blues. First off, they are expensive given enough sleepless nights, and secondly some of them have some disturbing side effects. And for some cases of insomnia prescriptions are necessary. But, luckily, not all of us need those little pills to get the sleep we need.

When people tell you to relax and you'll nod off, sometimes they are right. All it takes is the right kind of relaxation and just being told to relax is not enough. There's even the old "counting sheep" remedy. Let's be frank, that only really works on children because it bores them into slumber. That won't really help. But, there are some things you can do help yourself get to sleep without popping a little pill and shelling out a lot of cash.

One old remedy to help you get to sleep is put lavender sprigs under or in your pillows. The scent of lavender is relaxing and soothing. That's why the scent is used in baby nighttime bath soap and shampoo. Scent has a way of triggering your brain to change modes. And it will work on you too. Just place a sprig of dried lavender into your pillow case or get a lavender incense stick to sit on your nightstand. There are even lavender scented laundry soaps to wash your pillow cases in. It will take a few weeks but your body will know it is time to sleep when you smell the lavender and it will make it that much easier to get to sleep.

Another way to calm that overactive brain that may be keeping you awake is to go on a little fantasy trip in your head. Using the same techniques that others use for lucid dreaming, can actually help you get to sleep faster. And, it isn't as hard as you might think.

First, get comfortable. Then close your eyes and try to picture yourself lying in your room with your eyes closed and then picture your eyes opening as you get up, go to your window and see..... Well, whatever you would like! Be it a tropical island paradise or a full on dragon motif escapade. After a few minutes of that you will fall asleep. And, who knows, maybe you will begin to lucid dream.

There's also the remedies of warm milk, reading the most boring book you can find, and not thinking about going to sleep. Head massages, at the base of the skull, behind the ears and at the temples, are also excellent ways to help you get to sleep on those occasionally restless nights. And if you know what kind of dreams you have when you sleep, thinking about them can even help.

What other ways do you know of that can help someone get some sleep? Leave your answer under the comments area.

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