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6 Ways to Relax Before Bed

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  • I'm a go to bed early person ... and since a X-C move a year+ ago I've been waking up at 3 a.m. At first I ascribed it to the time differences EST vs PST. After this amount of time I figure it has to be more. I'm deaf so listening to music is out. I live in a "newer" house meaning the bathtub doesn't allow a soak. "full up " it barely covers the butt ... you get cold quickly that way. But anyway, falling asleep is not the problem as several have said - staying asleep is. I do get up when I wake up but then I'm groggy the rest of the day even with a nap. - 1/8/2017 9:18:44 PM
  • These tips may work for those who have trouble falling asleep, but what about staying asleep. I can do almost anything before bed and pass out quickly. I am not a night person and I almost always fall asleep early. However, waking up at 2AM is almost a nightly occurrence for me. It has been a problem for me since I was in my early teens. - 1/8/2017 5:34:12 AM
  • Great ideas. However, since we're drinking more water, we're getting up frequently to go to the bathroom!!! - 7/4/2016 1:58:26 PM
  • Restorative yoga, nighttime visualization (meditation audios) and gratitude lists are all great ideas too. - 7/4/2016 6:55:03 AM
  • Maybe why prayer isn't mentioned is because they want to give suggestions that everyone can try. Not all of us pray here. - 7/4/2016 4:03:44 AM
  • Milk works for me and I'm pretty sure it's because of the minerals. Now I take trace minerals and consistently it helps me to sleep at night. Vitamin A increases cortisol (and insomnia!) = I really have to be careful with face creams with vitamin A too. - 6/11/2016 11:28:54 AM
  • I can' see watching TV being very good as light stimulates the awake response, I was also surprised prayer wasn't mentioned, - 3/14/2016 7:49:27 PM
  • I have fibromyalgia and was only getting about 2 to 3 hours of sleep per night due to pain and restless legs but I've been able to increase it to 4 to 5 hours by coloring before bed with relaxing music on...warm epsom salt bath helps to relax your muscles. thinking of trying essential oils as well. Thanks for the ideas! - 1/8/2016 10:56:07 AM
  • i'm trying to get into a regular sleep pattern. I saw my pulmonary specialist ( I have muscular dystrophy) and he told that i suffer from sleep apnea. Now he wants me to sleep with oxygen but I think I'll work on going to bed at the same time and getting up at the same time before i follow his suggestion - 11/19/2014 11:25:17 AM
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    Reading, gets me everytime. My goal is is not use energy drinks anymore! - 6/1/2014 4:05:07 PM
  • The things that have helped me sleep better are:
    *Journal sleep patterns to see how much sleep i need
    *add up the hours i sleep then add one hour to that, then use that number to determine what time to go to bed (for example if i sleep 6 hous, on average for a week, give myself seven hors in bed. That means a midnight bedtime if i want to wake at 7am)
    *stay out of bed except for sleep
    *change attitude about sleep and how i will suffer with less sleep - 4/30/2014 11:42:17 AM
  • I can't sleep good at night if I don't have my fan on. I will go to sleep and sleep good if my hip is not paining me. My kids are the same way they all sleep with a fan. They too say it help them to sleep better. - 11/10/2013 7:24:56 AM
  • ive had insomnia since i was 14 and have grown accustomed to functioning off little to no sleep. i barely sleep every night. but on the nights when im really tired and just cant seem to get to sleep i either turn on a disney movie ive seen a billion times and it makes me sleep or i have a nature sounds lullaby channel on my pandora and i play that and it makes me drop off real fast. when i lived in my car i had an even worse time trying to sleep and i found if i played one song called mercedes lullaby from the pans labyrinth soundtrack over and over it helped me sleep. warm milk does nothing for me and i only start reading when its clear i wont be sleeping that night so i go to the living room and read and listen to music so i dont bug my fiance. - 8/29/2013 4:10:57 PM
  • I don't find that sewing is something to help me sleep. If I start sewing, I usually don't stop for two or three hours. Really, to me, any sort of crafting right before be is a no because I end up doing way more than I intend to do. Also, messing it up because I'm a little tired has happened to me before, and therefore makes me stress... - 8/29/2013 9:53:41 AM
  • I have found that having some calming music on a timer helps when I wake up and can't go back to sleep. I always have my iPod close by with headphones connected. I just set the sleep timer and some quiet relaxing music. Usually, I just concentrate on the music and fall right back to sleep.

    Smiley2U, there is a pillow called Chillow that helps when you are too hot. My husband takes some medications that makes him become my personal furnace! The Chillow is a lifesaver! - 6/21/2013 4:49:01 PM

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