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Sleep and Tips for Getting a Good Night of Rest #sleep

A dog sleeping
Humans spend one third of their lives sleeping, and recent research suggests that we’re sleeping one to two hours less per night on average.

I watched a British documentary on sleep this week and found it interesting. As I get older, I find I have more trouble sleeping, and I’m not alone. Sleep problems are common among all ages. Instead of sleeping, we watch television, play with our phones, computers and other gadgets.

Too little sleep can be dangerous. Your mind isn’t quite as sharp. There is a risk of falling asleep while driving or operating machinery. When we’re tired we often crave sugar so lack of sleep can lead to obesity and diabetes.

So what are some tips and tricks to aid sleep?

1. Make your bedroom a place to sleep. Remove the TV and the gadgets. You don’t want the blue light from gadgets interrupting your sleep or a text message waking you.

2. Are your bed and mattress comfortable? This can make all the difference to your sleep quality.

3. Have a warm bath or shower before going to bed. This will help you relax.

4. Don’t have naps in the afternoon. Try and hold out until it is bed time.

5. Try and stick to a schedule when it comes to your sleep. Go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time.

6. Get out in the sunshine in the morning and avoid bright light in the afternoon to get your body clock in rhythm.

7. Wind down during the hour before sleep. Listen to music or read a book. Reading a book is my favorite way to unwind.

8. Stay away from alcohol, heavy meals and cigarettes for two to three hours before sleeping. Caffeine can stop your body from relaxing. Alcohol can affect your ability to sleep.

9. Temperatures can affect sleep. Around 20C/70F is about right but experiment what works for you. I sleep much better when it is cooler.

10. Daily exercise can help regular sleep patterns, but don’t try to exercise just before bed time.

How is your sleep? Do you have trouble getting a good night of sleep?

Man in the Moon

Edits have kept me busy for the last week. I’ve completed those now, but writing stuff continues to take up my free time—my self-imposed deadlines before I head off to Singapore.

We’re officially on summer time in New Zealand now and losing one hour has kicked my butt this year. I actually went to sleep in my chair this afternoon. The puppy was piled on top of me, and I thought I’d listen to the end of my audio book – the first in the Agatha Raisin series by MC Beaton. The last I remember was learning the identity of the quiche murderer. I woke up when puppy leaped off my knee because hubby had arrived home from work. My audio book had started over and reached chapter three. And to think I used to laugh at my father…

Mr Munro took these photos. He’s since purchased a tripod, but the moon hasn’t made an appearance for a few nights. He’s waiting impatiently for its reappearance.

Moon

Moon Zoomed

What’s happening in your world?

Sleepless Night

I had trouble sleeping last night. I don’t know if it was because I read Margie Lawson’s guest post about sleeping at Petit Fours and Hot Tamales or if it was a sign of things to come. Margie’s post was very interesting and included suggestions about ways to aid sleep. It’s worth reading if you have a chance.

Normally, I sleep really well. Last night I was tired. I slept a few hours and woke. Unable to go back to sleep, I applied my brain cells to the problems I’ve been having with my current work-in-progress. Problem fixed! I know how to end my story in a way that isn’t as lame as my original idea. I must have drifted back to sleep and I woke about seven, feeling really tired. According to hubby I was grinding my teeth. I haven’t done that for a long time. It’s something I usually only do when I’m stressed.

If anyone has listened to a person grinding their teeth they’ll know what a horrible sound it is–way worse than snoring. I don’t know why hubby didn’t wake me up.

The good news is that I remembered all the plotting I’d done during the night–it didn’t fade away into dreamland. Here’s hoping I sleep better tonight, but if I don’t, I have another story I need to start plotting.

What do you do if you can’t sleep? Is anyone else tired of 2009 and ready for 2010 to begin?

Wakey, Wakey!

I’ve had problems sleeping recently. I go to bed tired, read a little and go to sleep only to wake up in the early hours of the morning. I lie awake for ages, tossing and turning. I must have fallen asleep at some stage this morning only to have the birds wake me again. BTW – what do they have to be so chirpy about at that ungodly hour of the morning?

I’ve spent all day yawning, which isn’t exactly an attractive look.

Do you have problems sleeping? How do you make sure you get a good night’s sleep?