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Strategies to Help You Sleep

For some people, getting to sleep at night is hard and stressful work. Rather than drifting into a peaceful slumber, they will toss and turn, lying awake unable to fall asleep. If you are one of these people, you realize that the more you do to try to fall asleep, the harder it is to actually do it. There are some strategies that can help. Keep these tips in mind next time you are headed for bed.

If you like to exercise before hitting the sack, you may need to rethink your fitness routine. Working out late in the day can put your body into overdrive, making it hard to fall asleep. Experts recommend finishing your workout before 7:00 p.m. If you don't exercise at all, consider adding some additional activity to your day. Exercising earlier in the day has been proven to aid in getting a good night's sleep.

While lying in bed trying to force yourself to fall asleep usually has the opposite effect, there are some mental techniques you can use that are quite effective. Try imagining a time when you had to stay awake, but didn't want to. This might be a time when you were studying late at night, driving in the dark, or up with a baby. As you lie in bed, imagine the weariness of that moment as you struggled to keep your eyes open. Eventually, you will feel the urge to give in to that tired feeling. With practice, you will be able to stimulate this response using these mental images.

Combine this strategy with another technique called progressive relaxation. This involves tightening or flexing each individual muscle set in your body for about ten seconds, and then releasing the tension immediately. It is as if you are turning a switch on and off, causing and then releasing tension in your body. After a short set of these exercises, you will feel a loosening of your muscles. Moving from your feet to the top of your head, you will allow your body to calm and relax, helping you to fall asleep.

Finally, if you find that you have difficulty with insomnia, try pampering yourself before retiring for the night. Take a hot bath, fragranced with some essential oils like lavender, marjoram, chamomile, or ylang-ylang. These oils have a calming effect and can help relax your muscles and your mind. By getting into a routine before bedtime, you will condition your body to prepare for sleep by training it to relax.

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