HOW WELL DO YOU SLEEP?
A good night's sleep is paramount to a healthy life.
These are some guidelines that I've found help me. Before using these techniques, I felt tired every morning, even if I'd been in bed 10 hours. I wake up to turn myself every two to three hours naturally. If I fall asleep right after the turn, it'll help, but some night's it seems I have insomnia.
1. Avoid over arousal/stimulation 1-2 hours before bed. This includes TV, computer and telephone.
2. Get into a a Pre-Bedtime Routine. This way, your body becomes used to going to bed after you're done.
3. Avoid Hunger and Satiety* - In other words, don't go to bed either too empty or too full.
4. Associate the Bedroom with Sleep - Don't eat in bed, don't watch TV in bed (etc.). Reading is okay.
5. Put a Worry Book next to the bed - If you are troubled by anything, write it down, thereby getting it out of your head.
*The condition of being full or gratified beyond the point of satisfaction.
developed by Taylor Isaacs
Two books I've read that are good sources of information if you're an insomniac: No More Sleepless Nights by Peter Hauri and Shirley Linde, and Say Goodnight to Insomnia by Gregg Jacobs.
MY SLEEP HABIT
This is what I do when I sleep: I first go to sleep on my stomach, to give my backside a rest as I’ve been sitting on it for the last 16 hours. When I wake up I turn to one of my sides and put a pillow between my legs (so the knees don't touch) and a pillow behind my back so I stay propped up on my side.
When I wake up 2 to 3 hours later, I turn myself to my other side and so on.
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