- Set a "have-to-be-in-bed-by" time and stick to it! The more consistent your clock is, the better.
- Turn off the computer and television half an hour before bedtime, and dim the lights. The bright light and flashing images stimulate our brains, making it more difficult for our bodies to shift into sleep mode. If you have a hard time being disciplined with this one, set an alarm.
- If your mind is going a mile a minute, try journaling. Jot down a quick list of the ideas keeping you awake. You can rest assured that the list will be waiting for you in the morning!
- Take a hot bath. Soaking in the tub relaxes your muscles and tells your body it is time to drift away.
- Grab a book-light reading will make you sleepy for sure. Just don't grab that super intense thriller you have been meaning to dive into...you might not want to put it down.
- Enjoy a cup of tea-herbal teas like Chamomile and other blends are great natural sleep aids.
- Listen to soothing music. I have a CD called Music to Promote Sleep. It was specially created to promote sleep by using "entrainment"-the natural phenomenon that results in the synchronization of the rhythms or motions of separate entities. Recent scientific research has shown that music can help synchronize body rhythms such as heart rate, breath rate and brainwave vibrations (Clynes, M., and Walker, J. 1982). I keep this CD playing on "repeat" mode through the night. Visit http://www.avalonmusic.com/ to view their catalogue.
- Pray! When I pray and meditate on God's word, I am reminded that all of my little worries are just that-little. It puts everything into perspective and I can rest, knowing that I am not in charge around here.
Well, it is officially a few minutes till my bedtime and I had better try to stick to this plan. This momma just doesn't function without some good S-L-E-E-P! Sweet dreams!!