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7 Hidden Ways to Get Better Sleep

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  • CARENICIAN
    Due to existing medical conditions, my only way to sleep 8 hours pain-free is to take some pretty heavy duty drugs. Those lead to pretty unsatisfactory mornings, much like a hangover. What seems to work better tho' it is not great is to go to bed when I'm tired. Get up when I find myself wide awake from turning the wrong way and then eventually going back to bed when sleep moves in again. Not the best but better than drugged sleep and later the side effects. And there are no drugs without side effects - 2/3/2017 10:18:46 AM
  • HYKER13
    Been there, have done all this stuff, nothing works had a sleep study done many years ago, and you know what they told me? yeah you have few problems sleeping, that was it, waste of money. I get about 4.5 to 5.5 hours a night, I am in bed for 8 hours, taken sleep remedies, helps for an hour or so. - 1/17/2017 4:56:00 AM
  • I have to have the room very dark...can't even see a power light from a device. I also do a type of meditation where I visualize flying over my house in the sky at night as I am getting sleepy. Then I float down through an atmosphere that feels like moving through soft, dark velvet toward a warm. dimly lit room with my bed waiting for me in it. Next, I sink down into the soft silky bedding and my eyes feel so heavy they can't stay open. I also feel my extremities become heavy as I sink farther into the bedding until I lose consciousness. My breathing slows and deepens and all extraneous sights and sounds disappear from my awareness.

    Anyone can work on these types of visualizations using things they find calming or relaxing. - 1/14/2017 2:10:50 AM
  • Due to existing medical conditions my only way to sleep 8 hours pain free is to take some pretty heavy duty drugs. Those lead to pretty unsatisfactory mornings, much like a hangover. What seems to work better tho' it is not great is to go to bed when I'm tired. Get up when I find myself wide awake from turning the wrong way and then eventually going back to bed when sleep moves in again. Not the best but better than drugged sleep and later the side effects. And there are no drugs without side effects - 12/26/2016 9:04:41 AM
  • 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
  • MS_GODDESS
    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
  • CZARVAL
    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
  • BURLINGO
    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

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