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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Get Better Sleep with Sweet Dreams Bedtime Routine

By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try the world is beyond the winning.  Lao Tzu


Let it all Go

 Is insomnia--or the inability to get and stay asleep--disrupting your ability to stay focused and productive at work? Are you having difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or both?  Give this sweet dreams bedtime routine a try.

Insomnia is a common sleep disorder affecting workers juggling tight deadlines and stressing over job security. In this chicken and egg situation, work stress and worry can prevent you from getting enough quality sleep, and poor quality sleep can prevent you from being focused and productive at work.

A Poor Night Sleep

·         Makes you drowsy and ineffective at work

·         Affects your memory and ability to learn

·         Makes it difficult to think clearly

A Good Night Sleep

·         Gives you a better outlook on the day

·         Refreshes you

·         Keeps you alert and engaged

Sweet Dreams Bedtime Routine

If work worries and pressures are disrupting your ability to wind down and gain restful sleep use this sweet dreams bedtime routine to ease you out of high drive.

·         Turn off computer. The physical act of shutting down your computer signals your mind to shut off too.

·         Turn down lights. Your body takes cues from the environment. Dimming lights signals your body it's time to wind down.

·         Take warm bath or shower. The warmth of the water relaxes your muscles.

·         Turn on soothing music. Lie down in bed with your eyes closed listening to the music. Focus on your breathing--breathe slowly and deeply for 15 minutes—inhale for four counts, and exhale for eight—timing your breaths to the music. Sleep.

Sweet Dreams!

'To sleep, perchance to dream.' Shakespeare

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Jean | said...

Sue, this post really struck a chord with me because so many people have told me in the past couple months of their insomnia problem. These sound like really good tips!

Anonymous said...

Well. It worked. Bath,music,and breathing and I fell asleep and stayed asleep for about 5 hrs.the most sleep I have gotten in a row in over a week. Thank you.
Jamie Garcia

Susan J Meyerott, M.S. said...

The trick is to keep it simple and work with the body's stress-relaxation nervous system and the dark/light cycle.

These days, most people can use some help re-connecting with their calming nervous system and lulling themselves to sleep!

Susan J Meyerott, M.S. said...

I'm so glad it worked for you Jamie! Good for you for giving it a try. It's so miserable to lack sleep! Thanks for talking back!