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Good Habits for Good Sleep

Jul 4, 2008
If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, your habits could be to blame.

Sleep hygiene is a relatively new concept. It helps you think of caring for yourself in preparation for sleep, just as you might care for your teeth. If you suffer from insomnia, you should take a look at various elements of your sleep hygiene:

*Eliminating caffeine or chocolate. Try this for a few days. The effect of these two on your body can change over time. Taking caffeine or chocolate even in the morning may be able to affect your night-time sleep.

*Exercising in the evening. Exercise for your recommended 30 minutes can get your heart rate up and can keep you awake. Try exercising before 6 p.m.

*Sugar late in the day. Are you drinking or eating sweets late in the day? Sugar can be a stimulant, and as such can rev you up so you can't sleep. Beware of natural sugar, too, such as the sugar in orange juice.

*Stimulating conversations. Are you getting all worked up about something after supper? You can save stimulating conversations for the next day. These can keep you awake because they fill your system with stimulating hormones.

*Brainstorming. If you have a creative project you love to work on, you may be better off giving yourself a curfew, such as 8 p.m. Otherwise your mind may work on the problem all through the night, keeping you awake.

Finally, let's talk about what you SHOULD be doing for good sleep hygiene.

*In the evening, keep your activities dull and quiet. Do them calmly.

*If you read near bedtime, read news magazines or other items that have no exciting story line.

*If you want to watch TV or video, watch a documentary rather than a thriller or a whodunit.

Give these practices a try to see whether good sleep hygiene will make a difference for you!
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If you want some suggestions for an insomnia cure, you can try changing your habits in favor of better sleep hygiene. You are seeking an insomnia remedy, but a habits change may cost you less than other possibilities!
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