Need some tips or advice...

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-30-2005
Need some tips or advice...
Thu, 08-27-2009 - 2:25am

Hi Ladies-

Wondering if any of you have experienced this and might be able to offer some advice or tips?

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-15-2008
Thu, 08-27-2009 - 8:33am

dearest amiee...

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-30-2005
Thu, 08-27-2009 - 11:29am

Thanks Debbie-That is a great idea, only I will have to find a book that will bore me into sleep, I have been know to stay up WAY TOO LATE reading only because I didn't want to put the book down it was so good!

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-05-2008
Thu, 08-27-2009 - 12:36pm

Something that has always helped me is to get some excercise.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-2005
Thu, 08-27-2009 - 1:06pm

I go through something similar pretty regularly.

Here are a few things that help:

- Don't read or watch TV in bed. Bed is for sleeping (and intimacy) - that's it.

- Don't exercise within two hours of bedtime - it revs up your system.

- Alcohol before bed may help relax you, but wakes you up later when it wears off. Skip it.

- Before bed (not IN bed), write a to-do list of everything you need to do the next day. That helps your brain let go of it and allows you to sleep.

- Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.

- Create a relaxing, pre-sleep ritual. Meditate, read something calming (again, not in bed), listen to calming music, drink herbal tea, etc.. Anything that triggers your body and brain to go into relaxation mode.

AJ, enjoying life with C.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-22-2007
Mon, 08-31-2009 - 10:55pm

i just read your post this afternoon then tonight saw this article....
maybe it will help....



iVillage Member
Registered: 03-30-2005
Mon, 08-31-2009 - 11:39pm

I am trying this tonight...

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-19-2008
Wed, 09-02-2009 - 2:24pm

Hi Aimee,
A few things to try:
1. Lavender tea or lavender scented oils or candles--it is very soothing and calming. There are also these patches called naturopatch, which has the essential oils built right in--you stick it to yourself as you are going to sleep. These work great!

2. I used to be in the same place you are and I found that if I allowed myself 15 minutes or so to actually think all those thoughts before I went to bed, my sleep was much more restful. It may help to write down the ones you want to think about some more, but the key is to just get them out of your head. I called this meditating, just letting all the thoughts I wanted to think get thunk ;-) After practicing this for awhile, I found that sleep came much easier and now I have very little stress in my life.

A variation on this is to simply write down any thoughts that come into your head and leave the list somewhere you can easily reach it, in case you have another thought that wakes you up. In the morning, make a habit of looking at this list and deciding which of these thoughts need more time and which are just passing thoughts. For the ones that need more time, dedicate 15-20 minutes to just give them some thought sometime during the day.

Good Luck!

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