Does your mind kick into overdrive the minute your head hits the pillow?
Every now and then it seems like the minute my head hits the pillow, my mind kicks into overdrive. I begin to think about things like; what happened that day, what am I going to do about the budget, or I wonder what makes this gadget work. Believe me, at bed time I can come up with some really off the wall things to think about. Here is one at one o’clock in the morning, “Do you think our pig pen is big enough for two pigs?” Yes, my hubby liked that one too.
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- · Sight
- · Sound
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- · Touch
Is there something you can see? A bright light before bed time will trigger alertness. Do you place the month’s bills on the stand next to the bed or anywhere in the bed room? Removing them from the bed room and placing them in, let’s say, the kitchen will keep you from subconsciously thinking about the bills.
Is there a sound, traffic for example; that is robbing you of your sleep? In the summer time we stay in our camper. Interstate 88 is just a hundred yards or so away; therefore the first two or three nights that is all we hear all night. Maybe the dull hum of a fan will help relax you.
The smells that are in the room can keep you awake. Calming smells like the scent of lavender or ylang ylang. The Ylang Ylang tree is grown in the South Pacific Islands and used for many kinds of things including hypertension.
The touch, the things you feel and how you feel are all important things to take into consideration. Is the pillow giving your head and neck the right support? The temperature is another thing to consider. For good sleeping conditions the temperature should be between 65 and 75, above or below those two you are more than likely too cool or too hot.
Do not flip flop
If you are awake for more than 30 minutes, get up. Try a warm shower or if it is summer try a cool shower. I find it very difficult to sleep if I am sweating. Have a snack of something under 250 calories. Maybe be a banana, cheese and crackers or peanut butter and crackers. A glass of warm milk sometimes works wonders to help me sleep, or even a hot chocolate. Anything that helps you relax might be useful.