Just a few months ago, I couldn’t sleep. It took me a couple of hours to fall asleep only to toss and turn all night while having bad dreams. Then, I woke up early–sometimes as much as 3 hours early! I was not a happy camper.
I hoped that exercise and a healthy diet would help my sleep patterns, but I also knew I had to try Guideline #9: Unplug an hour before bed. About 30 to 60 minutes before I turn in for the night, I turn off the TV and the computer, and I relax in bed with a book. Sometimes I take a cup of hot tea with me. I keep the lights as low as possible (without straining my eyes), and occasionally I’ll listen to soothing sounds such as classical guitar music or nature sounds. (There’s a great app called Relaxing Sounds of Nature where you can actually mix a soundboard of different relaxing sounds.) Once in a while, I’ll light a scented candle.
Thanks to this new habit, I’ve been sleeping so much better lately. How do you prepare for bed? What helps you sleep?