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Lumbering into Slumber

The days are as short as they could possibly be, but why am I still having trouble sleeping? Maybe it is a little Holiday stress or I am just hanging out with friends for later than usual. But I am not sleeping like I'd like to (sometimes there is a small child crying out that wakes me too).

Here's a few natural sleep aids to try:

  • Drink a glass of warm milk. This old wives tale truly works, and if you want to sweeten it up add a few drops of vanilla or honey. Though, if you are prone to snoring a glass of milk might make you snore more and more loudly.
  • Take a bath near bed time not a shower. Baths are relaxing and showers are invigorating.
  • Drink a cup of chamomile tea or Sleepytime Extra Tea to help your body calm down and prepare you for slumber.
  • Try relaxation and/or breathing exercises while lying in bed. Take long, slow inhales and long, slow exhales. Focus your breath on tense parts of your body and imagine them releasing and relaxing.

Tonight, I'm trying all of the above. Don't know if I should have the chamomile tea with a warm milk chaser, or the other way around.

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screammylungzout screammylungzout 10 years
HAHAHA katie!!! i used to do the same with certain books, until i managed to make it through. i will certainly try your suggestion! i need to buy that sleepytime tea.
KrissyThePirate KrissyThePirate 10 years
That Sleepytime Tea is awesome. It's yummy, and by the time I finish I'm ready to pass out. Highly recommended! Speaking of which I'm about out :)
hautegeek hautegeek 10 years
great suggestions... i have had trouble sleeping lately.
katie225 katie225 10 years
i noticed that when i was in college and had to read a textbook, all of a sudden i wanted to take a nap. soooo, now when i can't sleep i pull out a russian novel (the brothers karamazov by dostoevsky is my book du jour) and read a chapter. honestly, it works wonders!!! but make sure you get a really boring book. if you find russian novels exciting and totally engrossing, then read "gray's anatomy" or something! usually, i can't make it through one chapter without nodding off. i know it sounds funny, but it really works. sometimes people can't sleep because they have anxiety problems. their minds just keep wandering from one thing to another. i find that reading a book makes me focus on things other than what stresses i look forward to tomorrow. oooh, also, have an orgasm. apparently that releases something in your body that relaxes you. and that definitely keeps my mind off of stress!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
HAHA I didn't know that if you are prone to snoring milk isn't the best before bedtime! Those are really great suggestions fitsugar.
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