Tag Archive for Sleep Tips

Thurday Sleep Tip: Make Spring Forward a Small Bounce

ClockThe start of Daylight Savings time is just around the corner – on March 11th, to be specific. Regardless of whether you agree with the whole ‘Spring Forward’/'Fall Back’ rigamarole, it is reality for most of us, so the most important question is ‘how do we deal with it?’.

 

In general, shifting our sleep schedule one hour isn’t a huge deal. Most people can make the adjustment pretty easily in just a couple days. Nevertheless, there are ways to make it even simpler for you. And, for those who really do struggle with the change the rest of this week’s ‘Thursday Sleep Tip’ should help you out.

Which Problem is Toughest for You?

Adjusting the clock an hour, whether forward or backward, affects our sleep in two ways. It affects the time you go to sleep. And it affects the time you get up. OK, that was fairly obvious. Still, it’s an important consideration because some people suffer more on one end of the sleep schedule than on the other, and it isn’t the same for everybody.

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Thursday Sleep Tip: Nine Ways to Overcome the Snooze Button

I still remember my first digital alarm clock. It was big, had red numbers on it, played radio music for up to an hour as I fell asleep each night. Oh yes, and it had a snooze button.

 

I was a paperboy at the time. I had to get up early to get the newspaper out before school, and I hated that alarm clock. I would hit that snooze button again and again, like Apollo Creed pounding on Rocky’s face. Some mornings I would go 15 rounds before dragging myself out of bed.

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Thursday Sleep Tip: Memorization Can Help You Fall Asleep Quickly

Since I was a child I’ve enjoyed memorizing stories, Scripture, songs, scripts, and movie quotes. It began in grade school when I decided to memorize one of Dr. Seuss’ books, The Lorax. I discovered it was a fun challenge. And, like many other skills, the more I practiced the easier it became to memorize new material.

Memorization is a valuable skill with many different applications. You may be surprised that falling asleep quickly is one of them. I made this discovery a couple years ago by accident.

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The 56 Best Tips for Better Sleep

Woman Sleeping

Humans have been sleeping since the beginning of time. You’d think, by now, that we would have a pretty good handle on it, especially when you consider that most of us sleep every day, and that we spend about 1/3 of our lives sleeping (or at least trying to sleep).

Although sleep can be a challenge from time to time there are a number of things we can do to improve the quality of our sleep. The following is an extensive list of helpful tips I’ve accumulated over the years. If you employ these into your life I am confident that you will begin achieving better sleep right away!

If you have found something that works for you, and it is not on this list, feel free to add it to the comments at the end.

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Thursday Sleep Tip: White Noise to Soothe the Savage Beast

A lot of people swear that they sleep better in the rain. I assume that what they mean is that it is raining outside, but that they are inside where it is dry. Trying to sleep outside in the rain might be a little too similar to Chinese water torture. Actually, my wife and I were camping a few years ago on the coast and a heavy rain storm came up unexpectedly during the night. The rain leaked through the top of our tent and dripped on my head, making sleep impossible. So, I speak with some authority when I say that sleeping while physically in the rain is of no benefit to you.

However, it is pretty well established, at least anecdotally, that when the rain is falling outside people find it easier to get to sleep inside. In fact, it doesn’t have to be rain. All kinds of ambient, “white noise” sounds can have a positive effect on sleep. I have heard numerous reports of electric fans, ocean waves, wind, the furnace, static on a radio, and of course rain being significant aids to sleep.

Benefits of White Noise

So-called “white noise” is beneficial in several ways.

  • White noise tends to be soothing, helping you to relax
  • It is a distraction that can prevent your mind from wandering to all sorts of things that keep people up at night
  • The steady stream of sound provides a constant mask over other sounds that might otherwise startle us awake.
  • Some kinds of white noise can have a hypnotic effect that lulls you to sleep

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