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Getting a Guten Night’s Sleep

Updated on August 28, 2011

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When do we notice a bad night’s sleep?

Sadly sleep is something we all take for gratitude until of course we can’t. We are preprogrammed to be good sleepers. This starts when we are infants and we can basically sleep hanging upside down from chandeliers. And this, for most of us, continues through high school and perhaps even into college. But something happens to us between college and our work in which we suddenly become so stressed we no longer sleep well.

What happens?

We change. We change our habits and we are under a great deal more stress to perform financially. We give up old habits like playing sports for fun and we work late instead or just turn into a vegetable after a really horrific week. I remember this from when I was teaching. I would work a 70 hour week and then just sleep in on the weekend. Unlike when we were children we push ourselves so hard we become insomniacs.


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How do we get out older sleep patterns back?

Well you never quite do. But here are suggestions to help you sleep better at night.

1) Work out everyday for at least 30 minutes. If you miss a day then work out an hour.

2) Get an hour of sunlight each day.

3) Remove caffeine from your diet entirely.

4) Learn to say, “No”. Don’t work inhumane hours and over tax yourself. There is the guy right next to you in another cubical that barely does anything and he sleeps like a baby.

5) Don’t worry or should I say only worry about the things you can deal with today. For those of us that like to have all of our ducks in a row and to pay our bills a month early this exceptionally difficult but prioritize your anxiety to minimize it.

6) Remove everything from the bedroom that could be a distraction from sleeping. That includes the computer, ipad, television whatever?

7) Keep the bedroom cool. It is a well documented fact that sleep is more easily attained in cooler settings. So turn on the air if you need to so you sleep well.

8) Wear lose fitting PJ(s). Sleep is all about being comfortable so nothing binding.

9) Stop working at the same time each evening, build a ritual before bed and then go to bed at the same time each night. This is incredibly difficult for the international traveler but give it a shot.

10)If all else fails warm milk and no chocolate. Warm milk contain L-trytophen which is a hormone that makes you sleepy. Turkey also has this hormone and that is why you are so sleepy after Thanksgiving. A nice glass of warm milk should send you right off into sleep.


Good Night

A good night's sleep can predict how you perceive everything in your life and therefore you should make it a priority to get a goods night sleep for both your physical ad mental health.

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    • JT Walters profile imageAUTHOR

      JT Walters 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Peter,

      My friend, please sleep with the bed raise or better yet with your head and chest elevated. It scares me you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and you don't have your CPAP.

      Don't worry about my hubbing addiction. I have an autistic child. I never get any rest. Besides I am writing a 12 step program about how to free yourself from hubbing addiction by writing 1200 hubs. It will be coming up soon.

      Sleep sitting up please!!

      Jt

    • PETER LUMETTA profile image

      PETER LUMETTA 

      7 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      JT I was diagnosed with sleep apnia long ago and have a CPAP machine, however it is in the U. S. and I'm not. It wouldn't work here withot a converter and it needs to be reprogramed. I had one of those sleep studies done back in Alaska. Back in Alaska SS took care of the bills.

      Peter

    • JT Walters profile imageAUTHOR

      JT Walters 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi Peter,

      Have you been checked for sleep apnea? It causes realy horrible sleeping problems and it is pretty simple to correct with a CPAP. I hear medical exams are really inexpensive in Thailand. You might want to be checked.

      JT

    • PETER LUMETTA profile image

      PETER LUMETTA 

      7 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      Hi JT, An interesting article. I have a terrible sleep ethic. You forgot one thing in your suggestions don't get hooked on HUB writing! When everyone else sleeps it is easier to write, but then you don't sleep! Teasing but serious, my sleep habits have gotten worse in the last few months if that's possible, I'll try harder.

      Peter

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