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My 5 tips to help get to sleep
Member Name: hypno06
Advantages: Simple tips to aid sleep - without the use of drugs
Disadvantages: None that I am aware of!
So you've tried the warm bath and the milky drink before bedtime. You don't want to take sleeping pills yet you DO want a good night's sleep, and it just doesn't seem to be happening for you right now. Try these simple top tips for a good night's sleep.
Make a list before you go to bed, of the things you know you have to do tomorrow. At the end of your list, say to yourself "I will not think any more about this until tomorrow morning." The same applies for anything that is worrying you - you cannot do anything about it overnight, so tell yourself FIRMLY that you will deal with it tomorrow.
When your eyes are closed, and you are comfortable, count backwards, in 2's from 200.... or in 3's from 300. You are using the "active" part of your brain, and it will soon lose interest and switch off. If you lose count, start again.... I'd bet that you don't get all the way down to zero before you drift off!!
Use a guided visualisation recording to take your mind on a calming and relaxing journey, away from the hectic and stressful lifestyle that you lead. The more you do this, the quicker and deeper you will relax - fabulous!
Make sure your room is as dark as possible - we train ourselves to be alert during the daytime, so if the room has a light on, or if light comes through a window (perhaps from a street light, or an early dawn), our brain is tricked into thinking it should be awake. Making the room darker, with black-out curtains helps the brain to know that it is night time. Even the light from a digital clock radio tricks the brain - switch it off!!
Which brings me to tip number five.... how many times, when you cannot sleep, do you look at the clock and get annoyed at the fact that you are still awake? We even comment on the fact that we "saw 2am, and 3am" etc! Set your alarm for the time you NEED to wake up, then turn the clock face AWAY from you. Take the stress of the time out of the situation, with the knowledge that you won't oversleep because the alarm will still wake you up. It may seem a daft idea.... but give it a try!
Summary: If you can't switch off at night - try these.