Who knew sleep could stir such a response? Looks like a lot of us are hoping to improve our sack time and using lots of tips and tricks to get there.
I like Jeanette’s solution – a nap!
I take a nap mid afternoon, read before I turn out the light and pretty much sleep the night through. If I miss my afternoon nap it interrupts my nighttime sleep.
Others like Efi, Joyce and Marin, use a “cocktail” of herbs and supplements as sleep aids that you can read about in their comments…but remember to consult a medical professional first and consider any interactions with medications you are already taking.
Others like Maryann prefer a different, yummier solution…
I’ve read that bananas have tryptophan (like turkey) . Half a banana usually puts me to sleep on a difficult night. Sometimes I try deep breathing. And then there’s always Spotify!
…Victoria’s tea idea sounds good, too! and I like CLT’s zen approach, so make sure you read hers.
There are tons of other good ideas in the comments that I can’t wait to try – check them all out and let us know if they work for you! We’ll keep the comments open for you!
In case you missed it, the original column is below.
I was on vacation recently and I know I was relaxed because I took two naps in one day and still got a solid eight hours that night.
I didn’t know how tired I really was but I was reminded when I got back home.
How did sleep suddenly become a challenge?
Sleepy Time Tips
Right now, I’ve been focusing on getting early sun and exercise with a well-curated selection of walking music (Hell-o Sly and the Family Stone!), stopping at half a cup of java at 8 am, and avoiding caffeinated drinks.
Don’t tell me a cocktail will help. If I have a glass of wine or a White Claw with dinner I’ll fall asleep at 9:30…but wake up watching the digital clock tick from 3 am to 3:30am. Besides, when I wake up the next day my mind is so fuzzy I”ll try to put my jeans on over my head or something equally brilliant.
So far my results to improve my sleep have been inconsistent. I have a sleep routine, I got a new mattress topper, my room is a comfortable temperature, I avoid screens before bedtime (OK, Seinfeld, but that’s it!). What am I missing?
How about you? How have you been sleeping? Let us know your tips the comments!
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