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6 Ways to Relax Before Bed

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  • 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
    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
  • Comfortable earplugs can help, too. I use them regardless of outside noise levels. When I put mine in it signals my mind that it's time to go to sleep. - 3/5/2012 11:56:49 PM
    My 3 tips: 1.) get a SleepComfort mattress. Because I'm obsese, my butt needs to be lower than the rest of my body to keep my spine straight. This mattress allows me to align my body properly and with a dual controlled bed, my partner can inflate/deflate his side to his comfort level. 2.) get a ChillPad. Again, you can get dual controls so you can heat or cool your side of the bed to your level of comfort. I was surprised to find that the mid-50's to mid 60's is most comfortable to me. No more night sweating! 3.) After getting in bed, I use the visualization technique of imagining my bones are becoming heavy and melting which causes me to relax my muscles.
    I know the first two suggestions are very pricy, but since we spend a third of our lives sleeping, I've found the cost worth it for me. Hope you can use one or all of the suggestions. - 3/5/2012 9:15:10 PM

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