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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sleep Better with These Shut-Eye Strategies

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Hotel King Size Bed by Shari Weinsheimer

The summer is coming to a close and the routines are going to change again. I'm trying to figure out if that will be for the better or worse, as it will definitely affect my sleep patterns. I'm usually an early riser but over the summer have been trying to sleep a little later to catch up on some sleep as I've been going to sleep later and later. I really have to not stay up so late. 

In an earlier post, I described how so many millions of Americans have a huge sleep problem and have to deal with insomnia. I've been trying my best to not be another statistic. Here are four shut-eye strategies that have helped me get a better night's sleep.
Lit Table Lamp by George Hodan
  • Attack the day early. We all can't get to the gym early but if you can start the day off with a bang and be active active, it will do wonders to help you get a good night's sleep at night.
  • Relax your body at bedtime. This affected my son most over the summer. He was going to bed early then kept getting up an hour later. He was going from his active self to bed and it just wasn't working out. You need to tell your body it's time to wind down by transitioning somehow to bed time mode. For him, it was reading after this bath time. 
  • Turn off tech. Try your best not to go from tech time straight to bed time. Darkness or dimming lights helps tell your brain to shutdown. Bright screen lights keep the brain activated, meaning issues sleeping at night, whether falling or staying asleep.
  • Turn off the lights and TV. I used to think it was great when I was able to fall asleep with the lights and/or television on. It never worked out in the end though. Darkness tells your body to rest. Sleeping with the lights or television on can send your brain the message to wake up before you're ready. Room darkening curtains can do wonders, too.
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I'll be adopting these strategies to do my best to get a good / better night's sleep. You should give them a try, too. Signing off from social media an hour before bed won't be easy but I just need a better night's sleep to be at my best during my day job. I'll be sharing my results in a future post.

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