What helps you to sleep better? I really, really slept last night.

@writersedge (22579)
United States
June 18, 2008 5:56am CST
Physical labor helps me to really, really sleep well. My husband said he was up and down with having to go to the bathroom all night. Never heard him, not once. I harvested some herbs and mowed my lawn with a reel lawnmower (non-electric, non-gas, new version of an old time lawn mower). Normally, I can't sleep very well, but I think it's because I haven't expended enough energy. I sleep really well when I've danced for a couple of hours, too. So what helps you to sleep better?
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@hopejordan (3566)
• Australia
19 Jun 08
hi there writersedge what makes me sleep better is camoile tea that makes you relax to take care
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
19 Jun 08
Chamomile is great, wish that's all it took for me, but it does help, thanks and take care.
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• United States
26 Jun 08
Hi Writersedge! I have found that winding down helps... if I continue working to get all the things on the list accomplished, it is late. I wind down about 3 hours before my bedtime. Take a relaxing bath, and use the baby bath with chamomile & lavender. Also, the aromatherapy Tranquil Mint helps, so refreshing. Oh yes, most important is giving yourself time with your mate, rub some lotion on the feet, a foot rub really helps, I use the Aromatherapy Stress Relief Foot Cream. All of us are different, likes, dislikes, so find a way to release stress, something that works for you. Plenty of rest, exercise, healthy eating, and never go to bed mad!! LOL! We may not be able to practice our routine, but at least try to not worry over things that you can not change. From a lady that has had years and years of experience of not being able to sleep... finally I learned my lesson... worrying does not solve problems. Good luck all!
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
27 Jun 08
Sounds nice, would like to do all that, too. Thanks for all the ideas, take care.
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
19 Jun 08
well, when i am really really tired, then i will sleep better... and most of the times i am very tired after work as my job involves physical work... so i have no problem sleeping at night soundly most of the times... take care and have a nice day...
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
19 Jun 08
I have one job that is physical and two that aren't. So some days I get lots of exercise and some days I don't. Usually days when I have some time to putter around the house, I can do physical activity even if I've done or I'm going to do other work. Take care and thanks for your response.
@thaMARKER (3094)
• Philippines
19 Jun 08
What helps me sleep better is a dark and cold room to cuddle with my pillows. That makes me sleep until whenever I want to get up. Since before, I really turn off the lights before I go to bed and when I wake up, I don't want sunlight. I hate it when the heat or the sunrays hit my face. It would be a bad day for sure.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
19 Jun 08
To me, I love the sun coming in little by little to gently wake me up, as long as I've slept enough, but different strokes for different folks. Take care
• United States
19 Jun 08
I sleep well whenever my room is a little cold and theres some sort of white noise. By white noise i mean the hum of my computer, the whirring sound of my fan the wind blowing outside. Also, I need to be tired, like you, to get a nice sleep.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
19 Jun 08
If I'm tired from physical activity, I just sleep. No noise or white noise needed. Different strokes for different folks. Take care and thanks.
• United States
18 Jun 08
Hi all! I agree that activity during the day, and not just right before you go to bed, is an effective way to make sure that you're ready for sleep at bedtime. Eating well is also a vital thing to do. Relaxing music, a comfortable bed and pillows, scents like lavender and chamomile, drinking chamomile tea or hot chocolate, taking a relaxing bath, and chillin' with some TV or a book might also help. I also recommend yoga, meditation, or other stress management techniques if you're stressed. Here's an amazing website on holistic/alternative remedies and therapies that will have even more suggestions: http://www.holisticonline.com Hope that helps everyone! Namaste, Becky
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
19 Jun 08
Namaste to you, too, Becky, by the way, I have many friends who say that, but I don't know what that means. All of that sounds wonderful before bed, except I would have to substitute warm wilk for the hot chocolate (although I do like chamomile tea). I used hot chocolate with it's lovely caffeine to get me going. All that makes a good anticipitory set (brain knows time for beddie bye)for sleep. Thanks and take care.
• Hong Kong
18 Jun 08
I am totally weird. I usually sleep very well unless I have undergone serious pressure or got too tired mentally, then I would start dreaming or something which affects my quality of sleep.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
19 Jun 08
I was like that when I was in my 20s, but since I hit menopause and now I'm 50 years old with arthritis, a good night's sleep is hard to come by. So enjoy it while you can!
@chris1314 (787)
18 Jun 08
Erm, if you cant sleep, just stay awake, and trust me, the next night you will be far gone by bed time! ...and then you will sleap like a baby! lol .... ok, so sometimes that isnt the key, as you cant if you have work etc. Chris
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
18 Jun 08
That's funny, I was going to make that objection and you made if for me. On the weekends I could do that. Take care and thanks for your perspective, you could read the others above for more ideas, too.
@biggerb (2028)
• India
18 Jun 08
Of late i have not been able to sleep well in the night.I do not nap in the afternoon.I work around the house.I do my walks on my treadmill and I work in the garden.Inspite of all this I keep tossing and turning.A friend suggested That I should take a glass of hot water with 1 tablespoon of honey before going to bed.I tried this for the last one week it seems to be working.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Interesting, I hadn't heard that one. Warm milk does it for me and stopping my exercise one hour or two before going to sleep. Thanks for the advice and I hope you continue to sleep well.
@5mayday (1054)
• Norway
18 Jun 08
I do have problem with sleeping as well and I do think it's because have not expended energy too, but I dont have time to do it for now and I danced before too although it doesnt help much.. but I sleeps better after working for a day lol
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
18 Jun 08
I'm learning how to make time. Some things in life are important and I want to reclaim my farm. Thanks for responding.
@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
18 Jun 08
writersedge, I am right there with you on this one. On days that I get some good physical activity, I go right to sleep and sleep soundly. On days that I totally relax (not many of those, I assure you) and do quiet activities that I enjoy, I cannot hardly sleep a wink! Just walking on the beach, walking in the neighborhood, cleaning the pool and taking a swim in it, or doing housework (even shopping!) is enough to assure I'll get a great night's sleep. PearlGrace P.S. Hey, your lawn mower sounds very interesting...
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
19 Jun 08
A walk doesn't usually do it for me unless I walk for miles. The swimming pool sounds cool. Got my old-fashioned, but made of lighter material so you can actually push it for longer periods of time, reel lawn mower from Ace Hardware, but my Mylot buddies tell me (in other topics that I started) that Home Depot also has them. Just got mine this year. Was on a waiting list for it. Sold my old one because my Dr. said with my back I couldn't do it, but if I trade forward stances (Martial Arts stance), one time with one foot forward in a lunging position and then trade to the other foot forward and lung as well as walk, alternate positions, I'm doing fine. So check out my other discussions if you think a gasless old type of lawnmower is for you. I love that it is way quieter, uses neither gas nor oil, etc. Sometimes everything old is new again. Also, so much lighter than the real old-fashioned reel type. I picked it up at the hardware store and had a conversation with it in my arms. Of course I've been doing a lot of gardening and carrying lots of bags of all natural and/or organic soil amendments, so I'm pretty strong. I wouldn't try it without building up to it first. Sorry I'm so long winded. Take care.
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• United States
19 Jun 08
Hi writersedge. Thanks for the info on your reel lawnmower. I am going to check them out on our next trip to Home Depot, which will no doubt be sooner rather than later. I am not sure their blades would be strong enough to crop our Florida grass. I swear, it is thicker than the thickest grass I've ever seen! It sounds like you are outdoors in your yard about as much as we are. I admit I cannot tote the bags of mulch and soil but I provide alot of moral support. Your responses, regardless of length, are always enlightening and appreciated. Take care. PearlGrace
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
26 Jun 08
Yeah, we have a round grass that it has more trouble chopping down than the other stuff. The cool thing about getting my reel mower from Ace Hardware was that they give you the sharpener for about $4 more and other places charge at least $15 for it so it's not included. I may have mine professionally sharpened at least the first time or two. Thanks and take care.
• United States
18 Jun 08
My fan!! I absolutley cannot sleep without the noise of the fan... I have been that way since i was like five or six. I guess its a comfort thing. I sleep really well though. Another thing is.. I have to be covered at all times or i cant fall asleep. weird i know.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
19 Jun 08
I can't sleep without a blanket either because my home is drafty and I have arthritis, in winter, I have to use a sleeping bag. So I don't think you're weird. The fan, some people have to have their radio on, I would think the fan would circulate air and also be one steady noise. So I don't think that's weird either, just different from me. If it works for you, then cool.
@rmuxagirl (7561)
• United States
18 Jun 08
WHen I have a long hard day yea i do sleep good, but the best thing for me is honestly getting to talk to my boyfriend before bed. I have found if I don't then I can't sleep well.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
19 Jun 08
Instead of a good night story, you have a good night conversation, I like it! Problem is, often, my husband and I have different hours for work. So sometimes I can talk to him before I go to sleep and sometimes I can't. Take care.