8 weird tips to help with sleep

happy2bhere

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This could come in handy for those that are up all night with new bundles of joy!! :)

My yogi suggested "wiggle toes" as a way to deeply relax and it's amazing how quickly the worries and mind "clutter" falls away.
 

tick

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Those aren't the weirdest I have heard for falling asleep.

There always:

Tapping behind your right ear

Holding your wrists together

Grabbing and pressing your earlobes

Touching your elbows together above your stomach

And even weirder? They ALL work..... (well in my own "clinical" trials)
 

ChrisCarlton67

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Good sleep hygeine tips that I learned (try to recall atm)

Don't do day-time activity in the same room that you sleep. You need to program your body to get tired in the room you sleep in. I used to try to get some work done in my room. I've changed that since then.


Racing mind: When your thoughts start turning towards stuff that keeps you awake, imagine yourself putting your thoughts into a jar, closing it, and putting it on a shelf for later. Everytime you notice your mind wander towards stuff that may stress you out or keeps you awake, remember to do this "jar" trick. After awhile it will get easier to do it.

I've done this and it works for me - though by the end of the night my shelf was getting pretty full :lol::lol::lol:
 

ChrisCarlton67

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Wow, a lot of great tips in the last one. Some are impractical (for me), like shutting off your circuit breakers at night or removing your alarm clock.

My wife has to fall asleep with the TV on so I simply turn it off once she falls asleep as I'm very much the opposite (I can't sleep with it on). She is very lucky she can fall asleep so easily.

One thing I've really been practicing is not bringing my laptop into bed with me. I used to work from my room, as mentioned in an earlier post. Well I don't do that anymore but I would sometimes (read: all the time) bring my laptop to bed to help me "wind down".

Well I will no longer be doing that.

One thing that helps with sleep is exercise.

The tip of having socks on works for me. For some reason my feet are sensitive to cold and I get "restless leg" when I feel any cold on my legs or feet. Conversely, I love being in a cold room and simply use warm blankets. I can't sleep in a hot room.
 

tick

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I forgot to add, having a good romp with the wife before heading to bed seems to help me get to sleep really fast ;)

As you know relations release endorphins, and those happy happy feelings, help you fall asleep easier. Well, in my experience anyway...
 

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The tip of having socks on works for me. For some reason my feet are sensitive to cold and I get "restless leg" when I feel any cold on my legs or feet. Conversely, I love being in a cold room and simply use warm blankets. I can't sleep in a hot room.

I wear socks too. The only thing that will keep me awake is cold feet. Sometimes I don't even realize my feet are cold.
 

tick

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I wear socks too. The only thing that will keep me awake is cold feet. Sometimes I don't even realize my feet are cold.

Hmm... I don't wear socks, but I absolutely can't sleep well if I don't have sheets or a blanket. Something about feeling exposed I guess.

I'll have the AC cranked to the max, and be covered up, or have the heater cranked to the max and still be covered up lol....

Guess I am just nuts :p
 

tick

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Cold room and a hot bed, works wonders!

I think it's that, and also I got accustomed to doing that when I used to travel a lot. Some hotels didn't have mini-fridges so I used to crank the AC to 17 degrees or less to keep my drinks cool lol... Who needed the mini-fridge when the whole room was the fridge lol...

Of course, this was in a hot country (Costa Rica) so it really didn't matter much. I'd get into details, but basically that's how it would work. Also pretty good for storing food etc too. There's a tip for ya on your next trip :D
 

ChrisCarlton67

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LoL - make the whole room a mini-fridge... funny!

I live in a cold climate area and I've gotten very used to sleeping in a cold room with warm blankets. I've always said I'd love to move to a hot place like Arizona but after the hot summer we've had, I've come to enjoy the cool autumn nights.
 

tick

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LoL - make the whole room a mini-fridge... funny!

I live in a cold climate area and I've gotten very used to sleeping in a cold room with warm blankets. I've always said I'd love to move to a hot place like Arizona but after the hot summer we've had, I've come to enjoy the cool autumn nights.
Yep very true...

And hey, don't knock turning the whole room into a mini fridge till you try it LOL..

However, one piece of advice, if it isn't roof mounted in the center, (wall air unit) make sure the bed isn't in the direct line of fire of the AC or it does become a tad uncomfortable...
 

jbo

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Hmm... I don't wear socks, but I absolutely can't sleep well if I don't have sheets or a blanket. Something about feeling exposed I guess.

I'll have the AC cranked to the max, and be covered up, or have the heater cranked to the max and still be covered up lol....

Guess I am just nuts :p
I can understand as I can't sleep without a shirt one. I live in a tropical area that's very hot and most guys I know never sleep with a shirt on and a friend of mine told me even when he went to New York he had to take his shirt off when it was freezing cold, because he couldn't sleep with his shirt on. I'm the opposite, I don't feel comfortable without a shirt on.

socks it depends on the temperature and only in the winter I wear socks to sleep
 

jbo

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I got really busy as I have a newborn, so I finally got around to reading these recommendations
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/10/02/secrets-to-a-good-night-sleep.aspx

There are some really good recommendations there. One thing is that it says to keep the temperature below 70 degrees, which is impossible where I live. I'm not sure if it's humidity or relative temperature, because I could never do 70 degrees I would freeze. I live in Florida and we consider room temperature 78 degrees, but most people drop the temperature to 76 or 74 degrees, but 70 degrees.

I've always struggled with sleep, but these things have really helped me the most
1) white noise machine
2) new mattress/pillow
3) eye mask
4) setting an alarm to get into the shower, turn everything off and get ready for bed (schedule)
5) No caffeine past noon. If it's PM I won't drink any teas, coffees or anything with caffeine. I typically drink rooibos in the PM as it relaxes me like nothing else

I was taking Melatonin time released daily, but I've noticed I'm now waking up in the middle of the night. I started to take passion flower pills at night, which I believe are helping me.

I was watching television last night and on Dr. Oz he had a special on sleeping, which is something I've struggled with for a long time, but has improved, but I figured I can always learn something. The sleep specialist recommended Magnolia Bark, which I never heard of before.

Anybody try Magnolia Bark and I'm not sure why, but the specialist recommended only taking it for 6 weeks straight. I'm really not sure why
 

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1) I was taking Melatonin time released daily, but I've noticed I'm now waking up in the middle of the night. I started to take passion flower pills at night, which I believe are helping me.

2) I was watching television last night and on Dr. Oz he had a special on sleeping, which is something I've struggled with for a long time, but has improved, but I figured I can always learn something. .

1) Passionflower helps me too. Chamomile tea is a bonus. An alkalizer seems to help eliminate the late night pee sessions.

2) Did he mention not watching TV at night? :rofl:
 

tick

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1) Passionflower helps me too. Chamomile tea is a bonus. An alkalizer seems to help eliminate the late night pee sessions.

2) Did he mention not watching TV at night? :rofl:

Actually, on your second point it's true... They recommend that you don't watch late night TV, or even read in bed. I don't quite recall the reasoning behind it, however I always seem to find if I can't sleep a good session of golf on TV puts me right out.... LOL
 

tick

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Interesting little app. However, I kinda like the brighter screen at night lol.. It helps light up my keyboard and and I don't need to have another light on lol.....

Yeah, I'm weird that way. I guess another solution would be to get a backlit keyboard, but... meh....

I don't find it keeps me from sleeping though.. I kinda like it for white noise (the TV). And hey, maybe, just maybe, if there is anything to sleep learning, I like to leave it on the History or Discovery channel, or those places that teach you martial arts at all hours of the day lol...

You never know... :D
 

jbo

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I've heard that you shouldn't watch TV for anything at night, but I always thought it was bright lights. I have a routine that my alarm on my cell phone goes off, I then go take my pills and start brewing tea (rooibos and chamomile) a lot of times and I just in the shower. After the shower I drink maybe a cup of tea while I'm watching television. The light is only from the television, which is dim. Honestly without a book (need light), television or internet I'd be bored LOL which is probably the point
 

tick

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I've heard that you shouldn't watch TV for anything at night, but I always thought it was bright lights. I have a routine that my alarm on my cell phone goes off, I then go take my pills and start brewing tea (rooibos and chamomile) a lot of times and I just in the shower. After the shower I drink maybe a cup of tea while I'm watching television. The light is only from the television, which is dim. Honestly without a book (need light), television or internet I'd be bored LOL which is probably the point
You actually interrupt your sleep pattern for all that? I can see setting the alarm for the pills, but then actually getting up, brewing tea, taking a shower, and watching the TV..

Doesn't that hinder your sleep pattern more? Wouldn't it be better to just take the pills and go back to sleep?
 

jbo

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Did you think I set an alarm to wake myself out of bed, to take a shower, brew tea and take a pill?

Lol

The alarm goes off while I'm awake to tell me it's time to put the computer down, cell phone down and then range the pills as its going to take an hour Rio shower, brew tea, drink it..... etc

I'm honestly shocked you would think I would set an alarm to wake myself up to shower and do all those things.
 


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