What's the best way to get to sleep?

April 10, 2008 5:48pm CST
What do you find the best way to get to sleep? Is there anything you need to sleep well, anything at all? And if you're struggling to sleep.. what do you do to help make you doze off? I can sleep for England usually, but just lately, i ahvent been able to fall asleep properly at night like i usually do ~ what could i try to help me get some sleep? xxxxx
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@tessah (6638)
• United States
14 Apr 08
i frequently suffer from insomnia, and meditation is usually what finally helps me to doze off and stay asleep. easy simple steps: take a deep breath through your nose for the count of 5.. hold it for 3 seconds, exhale slowly until your lungs are fully empty ( usally a count of 7) do this ten times.. all the while pushing any thoughts away that arent counting, or breathing. try your best to keep your mind blank. after yer tenth breath.. visualize your body relaxing. start at the bottoms of yer feet.. and work yer way slowly upwards, and forceably relax each part of you, continuing the slow relaxed breathing. pay close attention to areas that hold onto stress.. your shoulders, neck.. jaw. youll be asleep before you even reach your hips
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15 Apr 08
This was a really helpful reply, because iv always fancied trying Meditation, and even bought books on it, but always found the techniques too advanced and diffficult to do for a beginner (and a major stress-head) like me :) The steps you've given me seem so much easier to follow, and im definitely going to give it a try. Thanks so much for your advice ~ the simple beginners meditation instructions you gave here are so much easier to understand than anything iv read, and could really help a newcomer get into meditation. Thanks again, luv Pookz. xxxxx
@tessah (6638)
• United States
15 Apr 08
my pleasure. and if you need any assistance, feel free to ask
• Hong Kong
14 Apr 08
Well, I seldom have problem in sleeping at night. But occasionally I do have one of those sleepless nights. I would read until I feel really tired and want to sleep because sometimes, reading at nights make me really sleepy!
14 Apr 08
Very true. Since i started training for my amateur bodybuilding i havent read a book at night like i used to, because i do my workouts late evening, and then come online after for a while. I've got a book i started to read ages ago, so i'll put it by my bed, and have a little read before i shut my eyes ~ i think its definitely worth a try. Thanks sweetie. xxx
14 Apr 08
I am an insomniac out of this world..its 1 32 in the morning right now and i probably wont get to sleep till 6...BUT in your case what u need to do is shut everything off, get u a lil radio and play some soft music u might like, dont play anything upbeat, that would get ur heart bumpin and there will be no sleeping. So some soft tunes..and complete silence..when its dark u tend to think about a lot of things, but just kinda drift in with the music...and u will be asleep in no time
14 Apr 08
actually, i ahvent had a clock radio by my bed for a long time . When i was a child i used to always leave the radio on, very low, on 'Late Night Love' (lol) to fall asleep to at night, and it used to work wonders. Im going to try that i think, thanks for the tip.. lets see if it helps! xx
• India
11 Apr 08
I think you should avoid being sedantary and work for some time in the day time. That will make your body tired and you get sleep easily. Also avoid stimulants such as coffee or tea at bedtime. Practice regular habbits of eating and sleeping, i think that will help you... what do you say?
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• United States
10 Apr 08
I have FMS so I often has troubles in getting to sleep. But what I find that helps me the most is to stretch or do yoga before I go to bed.
10 Apr 08
Hi Sassy.. real nice to meet you, and thanks for your reply babes. Can i ask please sweetie, what's FMS?.. i feel silly that i dont k now, but i cant think what that would stand for. I hope you dont mind me asking. Stretching or relaxing yoga is a very good idea actually... does it really work? I'm a very tense person naturally, so i'd never thought about trying yoga because i presumed it wouldnt work, but perhaps i wrote it off too soon. I get a lot of muscle aches and tight muscles from my weight training, so it sounds like Yoga would be good for those too. Hmm.. are there any basic moves or anything that a beginner could do to help relax before bed? .. anything quite easy for a learner? lol.. :) xxxxxxx
• United States
11 Apr 08
lol its ok FMS stands for fybermyalgia or also labeled as chronic pain. And as for finding good yoga movies for you to try just look up online beginner yoga moves and find one that is right for you. Good luck!
• United States
11 Apr 08
ya FMS isn't fun I had been diagnosed with it in last October. I am a rare case because I am 18 years of age. But I have found that yoga has helped and I hope it can help for you too. and even if your not very good at it, you will learn and get better. I have also heard that swimming is good to relive tension and pain but I have not yet tried it. Good luck with your yoga!!!
@laura893 (29)
10 Apr 08
i normally find it hard to sleep i have something on my mind. Try clearing your mind before you go to sleep. if like me you find that hard to do, get dream machine or something similar. they are a bit like an alarm clock, and you can set them to play music for a certain amount of time before they switch off. this will give you something to distract your mind and hopefully give you a great nights sleep.
10 Apr 08
Ooohhh, i've never heard of Dream Machine. what is that Laura sweetie? Yes, i am like you babes.. i find it reeeally hard to 'switch off' and im a born-worrier too, lol, not the best recipe for sleep i guess! So what's this dream machine thingy?.. thanks for your reply hunni.. xxxx
10 Apr 08
theres a few different versions of the dream machine. Try the link below to get an idea. its the one i have. Its basically an alarm clock that has a funtion where it will play the radio/music for the amount of time you set it for, then it switches itself off. As i said, there are a few different ones, most are an alarm clock, with the feature built in. You want to look for one with an 'adjustable sleep timer'. There are a few around, with quite a large price range, so you may want to have a look around to get value for money. www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5132935/Trail/C$cip%3D1500011826.Jewellery%2Band%2Bwatches%3EC$Brands%3DSony.Sony.htm (hope the link work, i had to write it out as i cant copy and paste lol) hope that helps. xx
14 Apr 08
thankyou very much ~ i'd never heard of a dream machine before, but as im still having problems with my sleep (either constantly awake and cant sleep.. or the total opposite extreme), im very eager to get my sleep under control by using any natural method possible. Thankyou for your advice, i'm going to have a good look, and see if there's a Dream Machine that is suitable for my home, and price range. cxxxxx
• Philippines
11 Apr 08
sleeping - good sleep for a good boy
i don't have much trouble in sleeping, because i could sleep whenever i want to. but since you can't sleep well, i can recommend you to use some "sleeping pills", they are really effective they could really get you to sleep in an instant.hehe. but ask you doctor first before taking any of those "sleeping pills". good luck.
@megumiart (3782)
• United States
11 Apr 08
The thing that works for me is exercising, a little before i go to bed. It makes my body tired and exhausted, and wanting to get in bed and rest. :]
11 Apr 08
It's unfortunate, but i get the total opposite effect from my exercise. I'm an amateur bodybuilder, just 6 months into my training, and i always have to exercise in the evening. I do Cardio some days, and other days i do heavy weight training, but whichever i do its very intense. When i've finished my workout, i feel physically tired in one respect, but gradually i feel more and more energy creeping into my body and mind as its approachiong bedtime, and i become more and more awake and unable to relax, so that i can get some sleep. I think that its all the adrenaline in my body from my workouts. So unfortunately that doesnt help me sleep.. but it has made my figure look a lot better! xxx