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Oh To Sleep Like A Baby

Updated on September 24, 2014
Sleeping So Soundly
Sleeping So Soundly

Sleepless in Melbourne

Oh to sleep the whole night through, soundly, to sleep like a baby.

A sound deep sleep making you feel refreshed and alive ready to take on and enjoy the new day.

I suffer from insomnia, not severe insomnia, but bad enough that some nights I will only get about four hours sleep not enough to cope with the day ahead.

A most debilitating condition which affects your mood, balance and therefore, general lifestyle and can make existing illness worse.

With this little sleep one is unable to operate properly the next day only enough to potter and to catching up with sleep later, to try and correct the imbalance. A waste of a day really.

Sound gentle slumber during the night would be just right.

Sleeping Baby
Sleeping Baby

Changing Sleeping Patterns

Experts say that sleepless nights are due to unresolved issues in one's life but there are many different factors that contribute and affect each and everyone of us with our sleeping patterns.

Due to bad experiences in one's life, health related problems,menopause,hot weather and many other personal individual problems,these all can contribute to a poor restless sleep at night.

In severe cases of insomnia where a patient is only getting up to three to four hours sleep at night ,doctors will prescribe sleeping tablets which will help short-term allowing the person to sleep at last and have a deep effective sleep.

Sleeping tablets do not by any means solve poor sleeping habits but do give some greatly needed sleep so the body and brain can rest.

New sleeping habits have to be taught to those with a bad sleeping pattern so that a drug free,restful sleep can be achieved.

How to Sleep Better


Ways for a Better Sleep

By changing and adding a few things to your lifestyle you may have a better chance to beat sleeping conditions such as insomnia.

Here are a few suggestions that help me and may help you as well.

Make sure that you have a routine and structure to your day,sounds boring but it does work and it enables you to do many different things in the day and not to over do just the one.

Always include some form of exercise into the day, go to the gym, for a walk, stretching exercises, yoga or pilates, what ever form of exercise you are into.This keeps your body moving,clears the mind and gets that heart rate up.

Don't spend to many hours at a time on the computer with out a break during the day and stop using it late at night.

Computers and TVs stimulate your brain and mental activity,this is not good for you after certain hours in the evening when we should be winding and calming down not up, for the night ahead.

Introduce Yoga and Meditation into your life.

Yoga exercises not only tone your muscles and body they relax your mind whilst in practice. Mediation helps to clear the mind of negative thoughts, aids you not to live in the past or future but be here in the now.

Have a power nap or nanny nap between the hours of two to six for no more though than up to an hour as if you exceed or nap after six this will affect your sleep at bedtime.

Eat well! Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and foods high in protein.Decrease or stop drinking alcohol and drink plenty of water.

Light incense or use aroma therapies oils to relax and reflect.

A few drops of lavender oil on a handkerchief or a sachet of lavender under the pillow helps to calm.

Start taking herbal 'sleep support' tablets or tea at night just before you go to bed.

Read a book before sleep with your tea.


Walking Meditation

Your Bedroom, A Place For Sleep.

Paint the walls of your bedroom in neutral or pastel shades.White, cream, light greens and blues are very restful colours for sleep as well as a soft pink.

Decorate your room with these same colours, curtains, doona covers, pillows.

No bright colours such as red or orange which stimulates.

De clutter you bedroom.

Remove laptops, TVs and as many electrical appliances as possible as these interfere with our own magnetic fields and can be a course of unrest.

Make your bedroom a haven for rest and tranquillity.

A room for peaceful sleep.

Calm Bedroom
Calm Bedroom

Do you have a good nights sleep?

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Thanks For Stopping By! Hope you sleep well tonight.

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    • jmsp206 profile imageAUTHOR

      Julia M S Pearce 

      4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Yes babies do wake and cry bensen32 but when they are sleeping it is one of peace.

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      Thomas Bensen 

      4 years ago from Round Lake Park

      Makes me laugh when someone says sleep like a baby, so does that mean they woke up every few hours crying?

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      Tanya Jones 

      4 years ago from Texas USA

      I enjoy sleeping during the hottest part of the day and pursuing or resuming activities in the cooler hours of the day. I have a fan above my bed so I'm able to sleep cool. I also find that my sleep habits have become entrenched. If I turn in too early I don't seem able to sleep much later than my normal rise time.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      It's hard to sleep when it's very hot. I catch up a lot during the day

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      5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I have been working on my sleep hygiene and habits for over a year now, and have made fantastic progress. After a decade or so of poor sleep I was in sorry shape! But, now I sleep through the night on a regular basis and feel better than I have in a very long time. I have a lens about it called Tips for Better Sleep. I like your suggestions a lot, and will be trying some of them out! Thanks!

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      5 years ago

      Sleep without interruption is hard for me, so I have to put a lot of sleep hygiene steps in place or I cheat and just keep working til I'm so exhausted that I fall into a deep sleep. The heatwave we've had for the past couple of weeks has not helped at all!

    • ismeedee profile image


      5 years ago

      I sleep pretty good generally but if something wakes me up it can be difficult to go back to sleep!

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      7 years ago

      How I wish I can sleep like a baby. I had researched everything about having a better sleep, but it is still the same.

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      hayleylou lm 

      8 years ago

      I can never settle my mind to allow it to sleep :)

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Good advice. I am one of those that don't sleep to good. I think starting some good habits helps.

    • ChemKnitsBlog2 profile image


      8 years ago

      My situation is different, but I imagine that we would find many symptoms in common. I suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome... but apparently I sleep fine. Thank you for sharing something so personal with the rest of us.

    • VladimirCat profile image


      8 years ago from Australia

      Odd. I have no problems in that department at all. You have my full sympathy, it would be awful not to sleep properly, I hope that soon you will be sleeping like that comfortable cat

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      Susanna Duffy 

      8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Sleep is an odd thing, you don't think about it until it doesn't come. I get about 5 hours,

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      8 years ago

      You're right. The ambience of the bedroom (peaceful colours etc) is important to a good night's sleep


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