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What to do to get better sleep?

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Last Updated: 08/17/2020 at 9:50am
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Top Rated Answers
October 25th, 2015 3:09am
Do things like take a warm bubble bath, warm shower, eat, drink warm milk, listen to calming music.
October 25th, 2015 12:17pm
Have a non-caffeine hot drink, for example a hot chocolate or hot malt drink are ideal. Turn all electricity off, so there's no artificial buzz around you. Read or colour-in, something calming. Close your eyes, 10 deep breathes and relax.
October 25th, 2015 10:05pm
Drinking warm green tea: camomile, peppermint, honey lemon. Or perhaps working out. To freshen up the mind so that you get tired before you go to bed. And the exhaustion eliminates the clouded mind.
October 28th, 2015 2:16am
Take a bath with lavender oil or bubbles. Baking soda in the bath works great, too! I also listen to quiet, white noise (i.e. rain, a fan, etc.) or soft music (i.e. Jack Johnson).
October 28th, 2015 2:16am
What I do to help me sleep better is turn off all my electronics cept for my radio, and I put on calm music (well music that helps me sleep), and I make some tea and meditate.
October 28th, 2015 8:49pm
Have some warm tea and a hot bath/ shower before bed. Listen to your favourite song. Read a book that you enjoy.
October 29th, 2015 1:25am
What I've found to be a good way to get better sleep is if you do yoga after you get ready for bed. By doing yoga it relaxes your muscles and it helps you fall asleep quicker.
October 29th, 2015 7:46am
Firstly, make sure it is very dark in your room (unless you have a fear of the dark - make it as dark as you can manage). Secondly, never use your room for anything other than sleeping. This will tell the body that once it enters the room, it should feel tired. Third, make sure to stop looking at any screens an hour before you want to go to sleep. This will relax the brain. Listening to music on a device is fine, and I would actually advise classical music to relax, but make sure you close your eyes whilst listening. Finally, make sure you're warm and start thinking about something you'd really like to happen. Put yourself in the situation, from a 1st person perspective and live it out. The rest will happen naturally, don't worry if it's slow and don't try to rush it or "force" sleep. Just relax and allow it to arrive :)
October 29th, 2015 12:38pm
You could try a calming tea, practice breathing exercises, if it's not to cold use the sound of a fan or point the fan away. Try to clear your head and make yourself comfortable
October 29th, 2015 3:49pm
Follow a pattern everyday . If youre feeling tired and its a bit early for bedtime just sleep because you dont want to miss your chance.
October 30th, 2015 8:05pm
Make sure your sleep solutions are optimal for rest. This includes increasing or decreasing the amount of light that is in your sleeping area and adjusting the firmness of your mattress and/or pillows among other things.
October 31st, 2015 1:13am
First understand why you you have bad sleep, then try to prevent it. Is it every night? Is the problem all night or first hours?
November 1st, 2015 7:17pm
There are several ways you can improve your sleep. The main thing is forming new habits and sticking to them even when that is challenging or not ideal to socializing with friends. Some suggestions: 1. Go to sleep and wake up around the same time each day. This helps reset your body's sleep clock (circadian rhythm) and is a natural way to help with sleep. 2. Do not use your computer, watch TV or associate with any device that has a bright light for about half an hour to fourty-five minutes before you go to bed. The synthetic light from electronscs tricks your brain in to believing the day is still in progress when really it is not. 3. Pay attention to what you eat before sleep. Do not drink sugary or caffeinated drinks before bed. If you have a sugary or caffeinated drink, do so around mid-day so that there is time for the drink to go through your digestive tract. Do not expect these techniques to help instantaneously. Your body will take a while to get into a new routine and to form new habits. Keep up with it though and you will be sleeping better. :)
November 4th, 2015 1:39am
To get better sleep, I avoid looking at my cell phone or tablet (or any other electronic device) at least an hour before going to bed! Reading a good book with candlelight helps relax me.
November 4th, 2015 7:47am
I find warm milk helpful and managing things like food and shows that are active before I sleep a great way to manage the types of dreams I have 😴 if you can not find a safe way to get a good rest it's best to talk to your doctor
November 5th, 2015 2:02am
Sleep in a cooler room, stay away from electronics and food for at least an hour before bed, and make sure to have completed all that you needed to do that night so as to not have stress.
November 5th, 2015 8:18am
i read book and listen to music. A cup of milk with honey or chocolate is a great help to get better sleep. if you can enjoy the dreams and have vivid imagination think about your favorite things and this exercise is best for sleep
November 5th, 2015 9:51pm
There are many options, such as taking melatonin supplements, establishing a relaxing bedtime routine, and decreasing stimulant use. EIther way, talking to your doctor about the many options is best.
November 6th, 2015 2:09am
To fall asleep I usually listen to some music and drink some tea as this clears my mind. When my mind is clear when I fall asleep I seem to have fewer nightmares and wake up less often.
November 6th, 2015 6:06am
Never go to bed, and immediately scroll through social media. You'll get better sleep if you scroll through social media on the couch, and then go to bed without the phone. Beds should be used (mostly) for sleep!
November 6th, 2015 9:43pm
Avoid all technology half an hour before sleeping and don't get involved in any conversations before bed. Make sure you have a comfy bed and a calm room. If you are struggling to fall asleep go to bed a couple hours earlier
November 8th, 2015 1:51am
there are a few things you can do to try get a more restful, better sleep. the biggest thing I can suggest is to wind down before bed. do this by taking a hot shower or bath, reading a book, or something else low key. don't use any electronics or anything with a screen, as this actually waked your brain up rather than helping it wind down. there is also a natural hormone called melatonin. your brain actually produces this when you sleep, so it naturally helps you fall asleep. health food stores, or some grocery chains sell it over the counter. finally, try things to calm yourself when laying in bed. instead of letting your mind wonder you can focus on one thin.. like counting sheep. myself, I like to go through the alphabet and name one animal for each letter. if you get to the end, start over. hope this helps you. cheers!
November 12th, 2015 12:48am
Exercise during the day and eat an hour or more before you sleep. Always keep water by your bed incase you are thirsty in the night and always empty your bladder before you sleep.
November 13th, 2015 3:25pm
Take a hot bubble bath soft music and candles when u get out the bath then make sure your House is cold and and get alot of blankets
November 14th, 2015 8:25am
Put down any electronics, such as a phone or laptop for twenty minutes to half an hour before you plan to go to sleep. This is because the light that the screens emit will interfere with your sleep pattern, causing poor sleep, or difficulty falling asleep. Instead, you can read a book or magazine, or listen to some music with your eyes closes for twenty minutes to half an hour, or until you're feeling ready for sleep :)
November 15th, 2015 10:32am
I try to avoid using any electronics for at least an hours before bedtime. Also, I do not drink caffeine after 5pm and I stick to a consistent sleep schedule.
November 15th, 2015 7:13pm
In order for myself to get better sleep, I strongly feel physical activity is important. I work out 6 days a week, in the morning and by night time my body is ready to relax. I also feel it is an essential thing to turn off lights, such as cell phones and television. Doing something calming before bed may help too!
November 17th, 2015 10:28am
Have a quite inviroment, try not to think much before sleeping. if you have troubles try drink some herbals or tea it will help.
November 18th, 2015 11:14am
Download the Rain app from your phone. Set it for 30 mins. Place under your pillow. Close your eyes. Breathe deep and slowly and think of nothing but the rain that surrounds you.
November 18th, 2015 9:23pm
make tea, wear baggy/comfy clothes, brush your teeth and its always more fun to dance around a little bit :)