How to Sleep

Unfortunately, many folks struggle with getting a good nights rest.  There are numerous reasons for the lack of shut eye, but a first step to ensuring quality sleep is to follow what docs call good “sleep hygiene”.

Good sleep hygiene means following simple steps to give your body’s natural sleep mechanisms a chance to work.

I’m lucky, I’ve never had issues sleeping.  Here’s the sleep hygiene habits I follow to keep it that way:

I brush my teeth by nightlight. Melatonin is the hormone that induces sleep.  It kicks in as darkness increases.  The sooner I dial up the dimness, the sooner melatonin will bring me to dreamland.

And I keep my room pitch black.  No nightlights, heavy shades.  Any light will keep melatonin from spiking.  Just be careful on the walk from the bathroom to the bed.  Especially if your significant other has a habit of leaving shoes and other surprises in your path.

I sleep in a meat locker.  Your body temp rises when you’re sleeping.  Being hot makes it harder to sleep.  Crank the thermostat down when you go to bed, turn it back up when you rise.

My oscillating fan sounds like the ocean.  The shooshing air mildly resembles the crashing of waves.  But, more importantly, the white noise it provides blocks out the things that go bump in the night.

Nookie and Sleep.  That is ALL I do in bed.  My commitment to this means no TV in the bedroom.  You’ll get used to it.  Or at least used to the regular, satisfying hours of sleep.

If none of my habits help, it may be time to talk to your doctor.  Or buy your wife a new mattress.


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