Catch Some ZZzzz Without Counting Sheep

by Amanda Lanum 

This time of year people tend to feel stressed and overly busy. There's so much to do between holiday shopping, parties, travelling, family visits... it can wear you down. You'd think falling asleep would be easy, but sometimes that stress doesn't let your mind settle and your body relax. If you're having trouble sleeping (whether it be from stress or you just can't seem to doze off at night), and the warm milk or counting sheep tricks don't work for you, here are some tips from The Globe.


  1. Use the bedroom for sex and sleep, only. Don't surf the Internet or balance your checkbook there.
  2. If you can't fall asleep after 15 minutes or so, get up and do something relaxing. Don't lie there and become frustrated.
  3. Avoid any brain-stimulating activity before going to sleep.
  4. Don't eat heavy or spicy meals, which might cause heartburn or discomfort. Don't go to bed hungry or too full.
  5. Turn clocks away from you to avoid checking the time at night.
  6. Develop a relaxing ritual at bedtime, such as reading a calming book.
  7. Share any nightly care-giving duties with a partner, if possible.
  8. Avoid taking naps during the day or early evening. If you must rest, limit your catnap to 15 to 45 minutes.
  9. Get lots of stimulating exercise, but not before bed.
  10. Try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
  11. Take a warm bath or drink a hot nonalcoholic beverage before bed.
  12. Limit caffeine. If the insomnia is severe, avoid caffeine after lunch.
  13. If you are taking medications, your insomnia may be medical. You need to be evaluated by a medical practitioner or sleep specialist.


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