Saturday, March 3, 2012

4 Ways To Sleep Better

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...
If you watched Dr. Oz last week, you don't need to read this.  He is always telling us about strange sounding supplements and natural remedies to make us better.  They probably work, but if you bought all of them, your cabinets would bulge with a scramble of solutions.  

However, these four  tips of his are just easy stuff anyone can do, ... and sleep better.  Better sleep=better mood=safer driving=better metabolism=easier weight loss and on and on.  If you sleep better, everything is better.



(copied directly from his website 3-3-2012)


Tip #1: Place a Dinner Curfew: No Eating 2 Hours Before Bedtime
Eat dinner at least 2 hours before bedtime since a late meal will keep your body busy digesting, making it harder to fall asleep. Also, avoid highly acidic and processed foods that can lead to indigestion or reflux and cause you to wake up in the middle of the night.
  • Note from me:  I am working on this one.  As a natural night eater, this is difficult for me.  I am no longer eating (very much) after 8:00-8:30.  Want to join me? 
Tip #2: Limit Time Spent on Your Cell Phone
Electric magnetic radiation from cell phones has been shown to make it harder to enter a deep sleep. Try using a land line in the bedroom if you like to talk to friends or family before you fall asleep, and also keep the phone at least 5 feet away from your bed.
  • Note from me:  If someone calls me late at night, I just ask them to call me back on the land line.  I am still antiquated enough to have one. I know people who sleep with their cell phone in the bed with them!  Don't do this!
Tip #3: Turn Down the Temperature and Put On Socks
A cool environment will help you sleep better, so turn down the thermostat to about 68 degrees. Also wear socks to bed, which will trick your body into thinking it’s hot, which forces your body’s core temperature to go down so you can sleep better.
  • Note from me:  Our thermostat goes down to 65 at night.  I like sleeping chilly so I'm glad it's "good for you".  I do start off with socks sometimes. 
Tip #4: Soak in a Salt and Soda Bath
A hot bath reduces muscle tension to help you sleep better. To create the perfect sleep-inducing bath, add 1 cup of Epsom salts, rich in muscle-soothing magnesium, and 1 cup of baking soda, which has alkaline balancing effects to soothe the skin.
  • Note from me:  I plan to try this sometimes.  I have both ingredients already...and I love baths.  
And also from me:  Melatonin works great!  All natural too.  Sleep well, friend.

2 comments:

  1. I enjoyed your post. I have put into practice for a long time now, not eating past 7:00 p.m. and I don't answer the phone unless it's my parents or children. I worry about something gone wrong. I have been taking baths to help my leg aches and joint aches. That is what disturbs my sleep the most. I use Melatonin every once in awhile. My house temperature is always cool at night. If I'm to warm, I don't sleep.

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    1. Susan, looks like you are doing everything right! I am trying very hard not to eat at night but it is so hard to sit and relax and not nibble. Any suggestions for me???

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