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7 Hidden Ways to Get Better Sleep

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  • Keep a notepad on your night stand...sleeplessness often occurs due to the thoughts, plans, lists, and worries on our mind. Writing those things down, help us get past the concern of forgetting how we plan to deal with those things! - 10/20/2016 2:43:43 PM
  • I recently began drinking tart cherry juice from a local health store. It has, or helps increase melatonin in the body, which helps me sleep. With the tart cherry juice I do not get the morning groggy feeling that I used to get when taking Melatonin tablets. - 10/20/2016 8:35:58 AM
  • I need a quiet environment to sleep! I live in a cheap apartment and if I can hear the neighbor's TV or music, I don't get any sleep! LUCKY for me, I am losing my hearing and that is helping block noises. NOT so good for the rest of my life, but I can get more sleep. - 6/19/2016 2:14:34 PM
  • I know it's not recommended but the TV is a sure thing to put me to sleep. I go to bed, read a little, turn out the light and if I can't get to sleep I turn on the TV until I do. I turn it off but usually don't remember doing it. - 1/30/2016 7:56:29 PM
  • I am another who follows all the suggestions and still struggles. Some of my medications interfere with sleep patterns but I have to take them so my doctor doesn't have any solutions either. It's really hard! - 1/29/2016 10:19:33 AM
  • I am one of the fortunate ones that rarely have problems with sleep, but if it happens to be one of those rare occasions, I find that warm milk with a couple dashes of turmeric, and a teaspoon of honey (but only a teaspoon!) literally works as a sleeping potion for me.

    Everyone is different and you have to find what works, but I do find if I do not exercise during the day, that may prevent me from falling to sleep quickly. I suspect that my body needs to release a certain amount of energy in the day, and if it doesn't, sleep is elusive.

    One last point--I notice someone disagreed with the short nap thing, and suggested 4 hour naps. I would NOT do this. Short naps prevent you from going through a whole sleep cycle but are long enough give your brain/body a brief rest and allow your to re-focus. If your naps are too long and you go through a whole sleep cycle, your are messing with your circadian rhythms and the whole not-being-able-to sleep situation will just be exacerbated. (Please note, if you are ill, then such sleep may be necessary, but that would be the rare exception.) - 1/28/2016 8:24:40 AM
    I generally get a good night's sleep most nights, but if I do find myself tossing and turning (usually because of too much caffeine during the day), I get out of bed and read a home repair manual. After about 20 minutes, I'm usually ready to go to sleep! - 1/28/2016 8:08:50 AM
    One tip says not to have food or drinks too close to bed time. The one underneath says to drink herbal tea or warm milk. - 7/28/2015 11:53:30 PM
  • Can we please learn to differentiate between "tips" and "hacks?" None of these are hacks, they're just tips that should be common sense to all adults by now. - 7/28/2015 8:53:29 AM
    This article would benefit from scientific evidence to backup its advice, please. - 7/28/2015 8:36:37 AM
  • JULIE700
    Great article. I have problems with napping then I can't sleep at night. It's a vicious circle. - 7/28/2015 3:27:46 AM
  • Step one to healthier sleep is taking off your makeup first. - 7/23/2015 9:50:46 PM
  • Good article. Can I make a suggestion though? Can you please select a different stock photo for the article? I'm kind of upset that a photo was chosen of a women sleeping in full-makeup. It's hard enough not feeling self-conscious in our society, do we really need women to also look completely made-up while they are sleeping? It may not be directly harmful, but believe me, it is extremely harmful subliminally. What you see becomes the norm. Sleeping in makeup is not healthy behavior. So please switch it if you can, thank you. - 7/23/2015 8:53:30 PM
  • This is a good article, but I was hoping for some new information. I do everything on this list and still struggle. Medications help at times, but I don't want to become dependent. The only thing I have really found to help (and even this fails sometimes) is to completely exhaust myself each day. - 6/7/2015 11:27:19 PM
    I would love to be able to go to bed and sleep. I have been on Zopiclone for 1 1/2 years now and am afraid to try going to be without it, even though I feel tired. Not sure if I will have withdrawals. I also take melatonin slow release. - 6/7/2015 6:21:36 PM

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