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6 Ways to Relax Before Bed

Take the Stress Out of Sleep

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  • I have used some of these ideas in the past and they do work. And, believe it or not, taking a warm shower with lavender soap, for example, is really good too.
  • Got some good ideas from this article.
  • Reading helps me.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great ideas. However, since we're drinking more water, we're getting up frequently to go to the bathroom!!!
  • Restorative yoga, nighttime visualization (meditation audios) and gratitude lists are all great ideas too.
  • Maybe why prayer isn't mentioned is because they want to give suggestions that everyone can try. Not all of us pray here.
  • 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.
  • I can' see watching TV being very good as light stimulates the awake response, I was also surprised prayer wasn't mentioned,
  • 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!
  • 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

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