Posts Tagged ‘Sleep’

Good Habits for Good Sleep

June 6th, 2009 2 comments

779px-sleepsvgI got this in an email (I did not write this):

1. Exercise most days, even if it’s just a walk.

2. No caffeine after 6:00 p.m.

3. An hour before bedtime, avoid doing any kind of work that takes alert thinking. Addressing envelopes—okay. Analyzing an article—nope.

4. Adjust your bedroom temperature to be slightly chilly.

5. Keep your bedroom dark. Studies show that even the tiny light from a digital alarm clock can disrupt a sleep cycle.

6. Keep the bedroom as tidy as possible. It’s not restful to fight through chaos into bed.

If sleep won’t come:

7. Breathe deeply and slowly until you can’t stand it anymore.

8. If your mind is racing (you’re planning a trip, a move; you’re worried about a medical diagnosis), write down what’s on your mind.

9. Slather yourself with body lotion. This feels good and also, if you’re having trouble sleeping because you’re hot, it cools you down.

10. If your feet are cold, put on socks.

11. Stretch your whole body.

12. Have a warm drink. Supposedly warm milk contains melatonin and trytophan and so helps induce sleep, but in fact, a glass of milk doesn’t contain enough to have any effect. Nevertheless, it’s soothing to have a warm drink.

13. Yawn.

14. Stretch your toes up and down several times.

15. Tell yourself, “I have to get up now.” Imagine that you just hit the snooze alarm and in a minute, you’re going to be marching through the morning routine.

16. If you still can’t sleep, re-frame: re-frame your sleeplessness as a welcome opportunity to snatch some extra time out of your day. Get up and tackle mundane chores, like paying bills, organizing books, or tidying up.

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Lack of Sleep Induced My Headaches

November 5th, 2008 No comments

Last weekend I experienced 2 days of continuous headaches, it was a mixture of migraines and other headaches. I’ve been reflecting on what I ate and what I did — or didn’t do. I found Three factors that I am certain contributed to my headaches.

First: Lack of Sleep / Bad night of sleep

Second: Diet (ate food out that was not organic, old, salty, possibly has MSG’s & Did not drink enough water).

Third: Lack of physical and spiritual fitness.

Common sense factors, right? Absolutely, I know. But aren’t most things in life common sense and we still miss them? Regardless, we need to find proof via controlled research and experiments before we can call common sense practices ‘proven and tested’.

In this article I will discuss these factors briefly and will make a point to talk a little more about sleep and how it causes headaches.

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