Sleeping or a China Trip

by Sherry Riter in Health

Have you ever been this tired?

cat totally asleep

Or maybe you have been this tired?

panda sleeping in tree

Then when you go to bed you look like this?

woman with wide open eyes not sleeping

How can we sleep sound and peaceful like a baby?

There are a few things that you can do to help you sleep more soundly and restful.

  1. Have a sleeping schedule – Go to bed and get up at the same time each day.
  2. Get your feet warm – either wear socks, fill a hot water bottle or use a microwavable warmer to get those cold feet warm. Blood flow appears to be an important factor in sleeping peacefully according to Dr. Mercola, and warm feet are an indicator of good blood flow.
  3. Drink a warm glass of milk – Milk contains tryptophan which causes your brain to release melatonin.
  4. Keep the room dark or wear an eye mask – Melatonin production rises at night and declines during the day, thus sleeping in a dark, quiet room for several hours helps to produce more of this “darkness” hormone.
  5. ExerciseLactic acid accumulates in the blood and dissipates during vigorous exercise.
  6. Avoid caffeine – This is just too stimulating and the whole purpose of going to bed is to relax.
  7. Lose weight – Sleep apnea is often brought on because of an increase in body weight.
  8. Decorate your bedroom – Keep the room simple with only a few decorative items and a soothing color scheme.
  9. Slightly cooler temperature – A lower temperature (65-72 degrees is optimal) encourages the body to rest more soundly. If the body isn’t fighting to stay cooler or get warmer, it is more restful, thus you are able to sleep more soundly.
  10. Go to the bathroom before going to bed – This may help to decrease the interruptions of sleep due to the need to urinate.
  11. Bedrooms are for bedroom activities – The television distracts from the “darkness” factor as well as the next tip.
  12. Have quality sex – Yeah, I said it. Sex releases endorphins and you feel better about yourself thus helping you to relax and sleep more peacefully. Starting off with a great massage also helps with focusing on the moment and each other instead of the problems of the day.

I don’t have a problem falling asleep. Actually, within thirty seconds of getting into bed, I’m completely asleep. I also sleep very soundly which is a good thing since my husband snores like a freight train! Unfortunately, I also talk in my sleep with my eyes open. That freaks you out doesn’t it? Well, it does get aggravating to my family, but I always tell them to just test to make sure I’m awake. The perfect test is to say something like, “Are you packed for your trip to China tomorrow?” If I answer “Yes” then I am obviously very much asleep.

Do you have a hard time falling asleep, do you sleep walk or do you sleep like a baby?

sleeping baby

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Kathleen December 16, 2009 at 7:12 am

Yes I have problems falling asleep! It is awful! My new trick is to exercise 2 hours before I want to sleep. Its an old Chinese remedy. I swear its working. I know it goes against most western thinking which says you should exercise no later that 6 hours before you wish to sleep. Believe me, I've tried most things and this is one of the few simple but effective things for me!


2 jenie December 16, 2009 at 9:02 am

love the last resort ;)if only….

im back to leave my footsteps for you to trace back 😉
earthy me
life round me N you


3 Teresha@Marlie and Me December 16, 2009 at 8:12 pm

I have a hard time falling asleep and need the TV on before I can drift off. Thankfully, I'm a deep sleeper because I have trouble getting back to sleep if I wake up in the middle of the night. Let's just say that our new baby has taught me a lot about my relationship with sleep!


4 JDaniel4's Mom December 16, 2009 at 8:17 pm

I find having a toddler that takes a nap helps with my sleep. I can get things done and go to bed on time!

Nice tips!

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