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I struggle to get a good night’s sleep. And it’s not just when I’m traveling and trying to sleep in a hotel room, but when I’m in the comfort of my own home as well. I’m tired (no pun intended) of going to bed at night exhausted, only to wake up in the morning still tired. So I decided to practice some of the healthy shut-eye strategies I wrote about a few weeks ago to see if it would make a difference.
When I’m at home, it’s hard for me to settle down at night. You may be the same way. There’s always one more blog post to write, one more Facebook status to read and one more Instagram picture to like. As a blogger, it’s never-ending.
I mentioned my intent to sign off from social media at least one hour before bedtime in that last post. Boy, let me tell you that is a hard act to follow-through! With great, and I mean GREAT effort and willpower, I’ve been able to shut down all my electronic devices before bedtime. Almost every night for the past two weeks. How did I do it? Here are a few tips:
3 Easy Tips to Help you Disconnect for a Better Night’s Sleep
- Set a timer.
As I mentioned, I always think I can do one more thing and that one thing turns into a million little tasks that never end. Now, I set a timer and when it goes off, so does my laptop.
2. Don’t take your phone in your bedroom.
Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night and think “I can’t sleep, I’ll just check my email?” Then you find yourself responding to emails at 3 in the morning? Easy way to get around this- don’t take your phone where you sleep.
3. Ditch the TV in your room.
I know, I get it. It’s nice to climb under the blankets and turn on your favorite show, but if you want to relax, you’re better off grabbing a great book to read.
In addition to signing off Google and all other things internet related. I’ve tried to exercise during the day, not eat late at night and avoiding drinking any water- or any other beverage- as bedtime nears.
I also bought a beautiful new comforter, duvet cover, new sheets, pillows and pillow shams. I now look forward to crawling into bed and enveloping myself in the comfort and warmth of the soft fabric. Just thinking about my comfortable bedding makes me want to jump in bed and take a nap. Like right now. No kidding. It is really that comfortable.
So how has this worked for me? Not bad. I fall asleep sooner. I toss and turn less and I’ve been sleeping through the night. Most days I wake up on my own, without the alarm, and kind of want to crawl out of bed. I’ve never really been a morning person so it’s still a struggle. But once I pull myself from my bed, I actually feel pretty good.
But what about those that struggle to go to sleep and stay asleep? Practicing healthy shut-eye strategies alone may not be enough to manage your sleep issues. There is help for those who struggle. SILENOR ®, a prescription sleep aid is an effective treatment for those with insomnia who have trouble staying asleep. Most sleep medications work on the sleep-promoting system, helping patients fall asleep. SILENOR® works with the body’s natural sleep-wake system to help you sleep through the night and early morning hours. This can be used regularly without the risk of abuse or becoming physically dependent on the medication.
Do you have a problem sleeping through the night? You can talk about your lifestyle and symptoms with your doctor to determining a course of treatment or learn more about uninterrupted sleep at Wanttosleepmore.com.
What steps do you take to get a better night’s sleep?
Full SILENOR® ISI: SILENOR® is a prescription sleep medicine that is used to treat people with insomnia who have trouble staying asleep. Call your doctor if your insomnia worsens or is not better within 7 to 10 days. This may mean that there is another condition causing your sleep problem. Be sure that you are able to devote 7 to 8 hours to sleep before being active again. SILENOR® should be taken within 30 minutes of bedtime. Do not take with alcohol or with other medicines that can make you sleepy. If you are on a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or have taken an MAOI within the past two weeks, you should not take SILENOR®. You should not take SILENOR® if you have an eye problem called narrow-angle glaucoma that is not being treated, if you have severe urinary retention, or if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in SILENOR®. You should not drive or operate machinery at night after taking SILENOR®. Until you know how you will react to SILENOR®, you should be careful in performing such activities during the day following taking SILENOR®. Before you take SILENOR®, tell your doctor if you have a history of depression, mental illness or suicidal thoughts. You should call your doctor right away if after taking SILENOR® you walk, drive, eat or engage in other activities while asleep. Drowsiness is the most common adverse event observed in clinical trials. For more information, please see the complete Prescribing Information, including the Medication Guide, at https://www.silenor.com/Content/pdf/prescribing-information.pdf. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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