Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Are You Sleep Deprived

I sometimes find it hard to get to sleep. And sometimes I wake up before I’m ready and I’m unable to get back to sleep. Does this ever happen to you?

Through the years, there a few observations I’ve made about sleep that can help me sleep better.

1: Caffeine – I’m not a coffee drinker, but there are many other things with caffeine in that I find I’m very sensitive to. I can have just so much first thing in the morning. But after lunch I’d better quit. I know exactly what my tolerance is, so I need to stick within those limits.

2: Exercise – If I haven’t been physically active enough in a day, and burnt off enough physical energy, it may affect my sleep. So I just need to make sure my life and days are balanced and I’m getting some physical exertion each day.

3: Busy Mind – Have you noticed when there’s a lot going on in your life, or you’re excited about something, it’s hard to sleep. Things to do are to make sure you haven’t had too much caffeine or too little exercise, cos they’ll just make it worse.
Decide on a switch off time for the stimulating evening activities. Don’t do work or phone calls after a certain time. And decide to switch the tv off at a particular time each night, so as not to be overstimulated.
Other things to do are to make a list, or journal your thoughts, to get it out you’re your head onto paper, and know that you’ve captured the thoughts and nothing is lost. Once you’ve done that, I’ve found reading a novel helps to settle me, cos it distracts my mind from the busy-ness and help me settle.

4: Warm Drink – The tried and true method of chamomile tea or warm milk are often good.

5: Bedtime Routine – Certain neural pathways are established when you do the same routine every evening. It may include a warm drink, shower or bath, brush your teeth and wash your face. Your body and mind will soon know this is your preparation for sleep time.

So these are just things from my own experience. I hope they may benefit you too. You may even have a few ideas of your own. Please feel free to share them with us.

Have a positive day (and night ;-)
Danick Buskermolen


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