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Tips for Better Sleep

Posted by Tara Burner 14 comments


tips for better sleep

This is going to be one of those do as I say, not as I do posts.
Since I function perfectly ok on about 4 hours-5 hours of sleep!
Sorry, been doing that since I was a kid delivering newspapers at 5 a.m. before school and that was like 32+ years ago, so I’m used to it.

We all know that sleep is important and I’m sure by now you all know about the most common sleep tips so here are some new tips to help you get better sleep.

Tips for Better Sleep

- Don’t go to bed mad or upset. If something is bothering you, resolve it before you take it to bed.
And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry
~~ Ephesians 4:26

- Find a sleeping position that works for you (I actually sleep on my back, mainly because of back issues it’s the only way I can sleep! who knew it was considered the healthiest position!?)
healthiest sleep position
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- Go to bed when you’re truly tired. Going before that can just lead to anxiety looking at the clock and trying to force yourself to sleep…it doesn’t work.

- Sleep on comfortable & supportive mattress with quality pillows. If your mattress is sagging or has things poking you, it’s time to invest in a new one! I often sleep on the floor on my acupressure mat.

If all that fails you, then you may want to Take a Melatonin supplement

Do what works for YOU!
I know that sounds like it should be a no brainer but so many people get caught up in the rules of sleep and what works for one may not work for you.
Many people say you sleep better when it’s cold…well, I personally freeze when it’s below 76!
I literally sleep with multiple blankets, comforters and long pj pants at night because my daughter loves the cold, has a/c set to 68-72…I sleep best at high temps and being warm.
So, don’t get caught up in everything like it’s the only way to get good sleep.
All these tips are guidelines, nothing more, nothing less.

 

10 more tips for better sleep
10 tips for better sleep
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Question of the day
How many hours of sleep do you get?
Do you have any tips for getting quality sleep?

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14 Comments
Feb 20, 2012
1:48 pm
#1 Heather Montgomery :

great tips! I lloovveee to sleep, I do most of the tips listed. I sleep on my side though.

Feb 20, 2012
3:54 pm

I average 6 or so hours a night but am looking to up this very soon. Not enough for me! Usually when I hit the pillow I’m exhausted so no problems sleeping. My tip: wear yourself out ;)

Feb 20, 2012
7:34 pm

Great post, Tara…this is definitely something I sometimes struggle with. I usually get about 7 hours of sleep per night though I’d prefer to get at least one more. Going to bed with the right fullness is super important for me. Sleeping with ear plus has helped with blocking out noise.

Feb 20, 2012
8:00 pm

I never heard the beverage consumption tip! Hmm I wonder why

Feb 20, 2012
8:36 pm
#5 Toni @Runninglovingliving :

Great tips!!! I average 5-6 hours of sleep if I am lucky!! I have a 3 year old in my bed which is not conducive to sleeping :(

Feb 20, 2012
9:12 pm

sooooooo often overlooked! I think I was pretty under-rested for years – but since we’ve been at the farm, I’m tired at 8, lights out at 9 and shaZAM! I’ve been getting 8 hrs of sleep pretty darn regularly now. There have been a few nights when I haven’t, and boy can I feel a difference!
I’m less of a hag when I’m rested :)

Feb 20, 2012
9:27 pm

great advice here! sleep is so important, so following some of (ideally, ALL of) the guidelines you provide is essential! I usually get 7-8 hours; I make this a priority, and when I get less I really feel the effects. I tend to roll around when I try to sleep, starting on my back (yes, because it’s “the best”), and then ultimately ending up on one side or the other. I wish I could always sleep on my back!

Feb 21, 2012
1:16 am
#8 Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health :

Great post Tara! I never knew that sleeping on your back was the best position. I should do that more. I’m a total side sleeper!

Feb 21, 2012
3:12 am
#9 Charlotte :

Tara, you’re posts are always so informative! Great advice here. I’m always tired. no matter what, I swear. uffff

Feb 21, 2012
4:50 am

I have no trouble falling asleep. But when the hubster turns in his sleep, he takes the covers with him. Like you, I like to sleep WARM, not with drafts and no covers. So my best sleep occurs when I travel and stay ALONE in hotels.

Feb 21, 2012
6:33 am

I get about 6 to 7 hours’ sleep each night. It’s not enough for me, and I’m always tired. And I also like the cold – I don’t sleep well in heat. As to the sleep tips, I like #6 in the chart. No surprise there.

Feb 21, 2012
10:18 am
#12 Miz :

LAUGHED OUT LOUD at the “do as I say not as I do”

xo

Feb 22, 2012
12:12 am
#13 Charlotte :

holy typo in my comment. I swear I know my grammar!

May 3, 2012
8:07 pm

some pretty cool tips here. I have to say some of these are very original.

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