Why I Have Sleep Issues

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  • I drink tea or hot chocolate in the evening. (I mainly drink English Breakfast tea.)
  • I read and study in bed.
  • I use my computer or watch TV right up to bedtime.
  • I don’t have a regular bedtime.
  • I don’t exercise much.
  • I eat surgery snacks at night -especially if I am studying and/or writing a paper for school.
  • I do most of my heavy thinking at night. (I.e. I worry or work on creative projects.)

All of these are sleep no-no’s.

Last week I decided that I’d work on my sleep habits: Get to bed by 10 pm. 4 nights a week. That didn’t happen even one night.

But I did get to bed by 11 p.m. on 4 nights. And I was so tired I didn’t even have to count backwards in order to fall asleep. This is unusual for me. If I stay up past 10, I typically get a second wind and can’t get to sleep for hours!

If I am really serious about learning to sleep well, I need to make a sleep plan. AND FOLLOW IT. I will take 2 or 3 things from the above list and do the opposite.

  1. Go to bed at a regular hour. I’ll still aim for 10 p.m. 4 nights a week.
  2. I’d like to walk 3-4 times a week, preferably with Chip.
  3. I wonder if I could stop all media interaction one hour before bedtime? I’ll try and see what happens.

What advice do you have regarding sleep? I’m all ears.

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  • 1. Veggiemomof2  |  . at .

    Me time starts at 8pm once the kids are in bed. This tells the kids it will be ugly if they get up & roam around PLUS makes them feel selfish they are taking away from my time. I catch up on my recorded tv shows & news while doing Sukoku puzzles.

    I have recently added an AirWick Freshmatic
    to my room in the scent of Lavendar. I am getting sleepy earlier than normal now.

    I stop drinking caffiene after 5pm.

    I am recently started riding my exercise bike again, but it’s usually 7pm before I get on it. This has helped me be sleepy earlier too.

    I don’t use the overhead light at night in my bedroom, just a small desk lamp.

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  • 2. The Lazy Organizer  |  . at .

    I have a secret sleeping weapon. It doesn’t help me get to bed any earlier but it helps me fall asleep when I’m having trouble. Sleep Training

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  • 3. susan2009  |  . at .

    Veggie Mom – thanks for the tips you shared. I never thought that something as easy as adding an air freshener could make a difference. Cool.

    Lazy Organizer – thanks for the link to sleep training. Another good reason for me to get an MP3 player.

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