Tips On How To Relax/Sleep?

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Tips On How To Relax/Sleep?
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Sun, 08-21-2011 - 11:25am

Hello

It's been a couple months now that I've moved out and I'm having a lot of trouble sleeping at night.

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Sun, 08-21-2011 - 2:27pm

Welcome to the board.

Mama Harmony

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Sun, 08-21-2011 - 11:36pm

In addition, since you said the smallest noise you MUST get up to check it out...I suggest you play some soft music in your room while you are resting. It will take a little bit to get used to it, but it will help wash out some of the "strange" noises you are not yet accustomed to so you are not jumping up at every little sounds...I am a Christian, so soft worship music helps me not hear everything plus helps my mind remind me that God is taking care of me....if you appreciate classical music, maybe playing that softly will help you.

Another thing is I have animals and even though I have allergies and my allergist will indeed have a cow if he read this...they sleep in my room...if they don't seem curious or upset about a noise then I know the noise is nothing to worry about... If you like dogs, and you don't already have one, get a dog, a breed you like, and be sure your dong NEVER meets your ex...that way the ex is a stranger, intruder and will let you know if he is ever around that you need to worry...if you introduce the dog to your ex then the dog will think him being around is ok and wont alert you..thus never let the dog meet your ex...Dogs are great for cluing you in on people being around that should not be or has not gotten your previous permission. If you don't like dogs, then cats are good for this too...if they don't know the person that is around the cat will be skittish and want to "hide" from the stranger...

Another reason for me having pets are pets know what the weather is going to do long before the weather men do...they can clue you into the need to get to safety long before the alerts go off...if a tornado is coming the animals start trying to get to lower or safer locations...flooding they want to get into higher places..etc...they even can tell when an earthquake is coming before the first shake...

So if animals are an option, you may consider adopting a companion to help keep you from being on edge so much...if animals are not then white noises or soft music that you find relaxing are still something to consider.

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Mon, 08-22-2011 - 4:49am

This was a better reply than I was expecting, thank you!

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Mon, 08-22-2011 - 5:03am

Another great answer!

Thank you for taking the time.

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Mon, 08-22-2011 - 10:32am
I used to sleep with all the lights in the house on, the tv on and with my son in the same bed. And, I had my cell phone next to me on the pillow. That was the only way I could close my eyes at all. But, I would still get up every 20-30 minutes to check the house and all the doors and windows though. I didn't stop until I married my husband. The only way I could sleep for longer was to sleep during the day, with people I trusted who were awake in the house.

Ironically enough, when my now-husband started sleeping over - I could sleep like a rock through the night pretty much. But, he usually doesn't sleep and gets up every hour or so to check all the doors and windows. I think my knowing he does that makes me feel better. If he's not home - I can't sleep again.

Getting a dog would definitely help I think. Best of luck and hope you sleep well soon. I know how exhausting it can be.