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Part Two: 25 Tips: How to Get a Good Nights Sleep So You Can Wake Refreshed, Invigorated, and Rejuvenated

July 21, 2008
Healthy SleepHow To

This is part two of our 25 Tips series.  Here’s a link to part one in case you missed it.

  1. Eliminate small night-lights, flickering light from the TV, and brightly lit alarm clocks
    These items can be very disruptive when trying to fall asleep.
  2. Sleep in a dark room
    For the most part humans are not nocturnal. Light does tend to be a key sleep interrupter.
  3. Sleep until the sunrise
    As just alluded to in # 14, natural sunlight is a normal way to wake up in the morning. For those of you who awake before sunrise try to utilize very bright lights through out your house for artificial light stimulation. It is known that sunlight helps the body’s internal biological clock reset itself each day. Sleep specialist advocate at least one hour of sunlight for people with sleep deprivation problems.
  4. Control the room temperature
    Maintain a comfortable sleep environment by controlling the temperature of your bedroom. Extremely warm or cold temperatures can disrupt how well you sleep.
  5. Keep a note pad and pen by your bed
    We recommend journaling your important thoughts on paper so you will not forget it by the time morning has arrived.  You can also add something additional to your need to-do list to help put an end to your minds thought process. These little sleep tips will help you complete your thought processes and start the real process at hand, to relax you’re your mind in order to fall a sleep and stay a sleep.
  6. If you always need an alarm clock to wake up, you may not be getting the proper amount of sleep you need
    Stay on your schedule. If that does not work, go to bed earlier.
  7. Check to see if you mattress and boxspring is worn out
    A mattress that lived beyond its normal useable life can and does contribute to a bad night of sleep. The lack of proper support for our bodies from a worn out mattress is one of the primary causes of back pain and discomfort that leads to unrest.
  8. Use comfortable bedding
    Comfortable and breathable mattress pads, pillows, and sheets can add to your mattresses overall soothing factor. Think about using better quality fabrics with higher thread counts for a softer more luxurious feel. Such simple changes could get you a better night of sleep.
  9. Before going to bed go to the bathroom
    This simple tip will help decrease the probability that you will wake up in the middle of the night with the urge to go. Important note: If you are frequently being interrupted throughout the night with the urge to urinate consult your doctor.
  10. Get medical advice
    If you have tried everything else and still have difficulty falling asleep each night and time after time you feel tired the next day, you may want to see your physician. He can help find out whether or not you have a sleep disorder.
  11. The mattress is to small, not enough sleeping space
    Space is part of comfort and we all need plenty of room to turn over and to stretch out, especially in situations where you have a sleeping partner. You may want to consider upgrading to a larger mattress size when separate mattresses are not an option.
  12. Do not allow kids to sleep in your bed
    Not only is it disruptive to your quality of sleep, but also to theirs. Children need to learn to go to sleep on their own. By allowing them to sleep with you, you are teaching them improper sleep habits that they may become dependant on in order to the fall asleep.
  13. No pets in bed
    Sorry Fido and Kitty.

Finally please take note that virtually every person will have trouble sleeping or falling a sleep now and then. So follow some of these simple tips and you to will be welcomed to dreamland.

What do you do to get a great night of sleep?