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#789986 - 10/29/12 12:28 AM Tips for Falling Asleep
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I've put together this list of tips for falling asleep. Which of these work for you? Do you have other tips to add in?

* keep the room cool

* take a hot shower / bath beforehand. It then makes the room seem cool.

* eliminate allergens / get a fresh pillowcase. I have to be sure to wash them with non-allergenic / non-bleach detergent to sleep best. I switch out the pillowcase even when I'm not ready to switch sheets.

* white noise helps. I run an air filter in my bedroom. Some people have apps on their phones that have a wealth of noises to choose from.

* make it *really* dark or wear an eye mask. I have double shades on my windows, and curtains too. I also cover up or turn off any glowing plugs or clocks. I keep my watch by my bed which is push-button to light up, if I need to know the time.

* avoid caffeine / chocolate / alcohol beforehand

* avoid glowy devices & TV for an hour beforehand. Light on your eyes causes melatonin not to be produced, because your brain thinks it's still daytime. So your brain needs that dark to start preparing for sleep.

* lavender as a scent can help bring on sleepiness

* chamomile tea is also known to help here

* keep a journal by your bed, with a glowing-pen. This way you can write without turning on a bright light. Here's an example if you haven't seen one -

glowy pen

This way if you have a thought that's stuck in your head, you write it down and then promise yourself "I'll deal with it when I wake up". Any time the thought circles back again, promise yourself you'll deal with it later. This is a training process. The more you do it, the more it works. So don't be frustrated if it doesn't work the first time, or second, or tenth. Keep at it. The training is key, and it does get better over time.

* exercise. I know we can sometimes tend to avoid exercise. But it really does help the body sleep MUCH more easily. Find something you love to do. Dance with your Wii. Go for a lovely walk in nature. Play with your pets. The more you do it, the better you'll sleep.

* remove stress from your life.


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#789993 - 10/29/12 01:02 AM Re: Tips for Falling Asleep [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]
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For the last 3 weeks I've done a series of 3 on how to get a better night's sleep. Here they are:

How to Get a Good Night�s Sleep
What to Do at Night in Order to Sleep Well
Have a good evening routine before you fall asleep
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#789998 - 10/29/12 01:45 AM Re: Tips for Falling Asleep [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]
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Dear Tina -

Those are great tips! We do have a soft nightlight in the bathroom.

The "early bedtime" is of course a varying thing - we all work different hours, so early for one person is late for another person smile.
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#790143 - 10/29/12 11:44 PM Re: Tips for Falling Asleep [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]
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We do also have a 39 page free ebook available for everyone, on Secrets to Falling Asleep! It covers a lot of what I posted here -

Secrets to Falling Asleep
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#795314 - 12/05/12 06:20 PM Re: Tips for Falling Asleep [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]
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You just posted some great tips. I have a white noise machine and it really helps. My brain seems to focus in on that noise so nothing else bothers me! And I have to sleep in a cool room - I like to keep the fan on low even in the winter. Anyhow, thanks for the other tips - I think I have not been sleeping as well when my daughter turns on her nightlight because I like it dark! Guess it is time for the facemask!

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#796254 - 12/16/12 01:00 PM Re: Tips for Falling Asleep [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]
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Carolyn -

I agree that my white noise machine definitely helps me sleep. It mutes out all those "sharp" noises that might have otherwise woken me up.
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#799838 - 01/09/13 10:28 PM Re: Tips for Falling Asleep [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]
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Nice post, then I have some asleep problem, Thanks for sharing, I would have a try on your tips!! Thanks again! :)
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#800884 - 01/16/13 01:49 AM Re: Tips for Falling Asleep [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]
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I had sleeping problem for long time and thus trying to adopt such tips to help my sleep so hope for the best.

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#803208 - 01/28/13 12:18 PM Re: Tips for Falling Asleep [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]
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It also helps to think thoughts of gratitude as you lay in bed. That way your mind focuses on the pleasant, helpful things in your life.
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#806043 - 02/14/13 04:44 AM Re: Tips for Falling Asleep [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]
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Very interesting tips. One thing I always consider so that I can fall asleep or sleep well is indeed to have cool room having an air conditioner is not necessary as long as the air can circulate, it is okay. My sleep can be disturb especially if I feel the room gets warmer. sometimes, I love to sleep while listening to music especially the mellow ones.

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