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Sleepy Time Tips

maryjanewhatsername

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I can't sleep for shit a lot of the time, so I thought I would share some of my tips that help me sleep and other tips I found scouring the Internet.  Honestly though, most of this shit is from my brain-u-lizer.

Eat at Least an Hour Before Bed

A nice warm meal and a full belly always makes it easier for me to sleep. The most annoying thing in the world is trying to sleep with a grumbly, achy stomach that really wants that beefy five layer from Taco Bell. Although, I do recommend that you don't eat super spicy, greasy, or fried food before bed (sorry, Taco Bell) because this can make your stomach sick in more ways than one and you definitely won't be asleep. I usually eat soup or a bland pasta (less sauce, I can't live without sauce) before bed so that my body has carbohydrates and calories to burn through while I sleep and so my stomach is full. Also then I dream about food, which is the best.

Don't Drink Caffeine for at Least 2 Hours Before Bed

Guilty of not following this one very closely. Love my caffeinated beverages a little too much. But this one is pretty simple - control yourself and drink something else before bed, like water. Being hydrated before bed is good for your skin and helps with digestion (like that pasta from earlier). You should just drink water all the time.

Take a Shower or Bath Before Bed

Because I'm weird, I can't sleep unless I've showered. Having that "ah hellz yeah I'm clean" feeling when you jump into bed is just the best. Especially the freshly shaven legs and clean sheets feeling. Being nice and clean just washes away the stresses of that day for me so I can go to sleep. If I don't clean up before bed, I just feel sticky and disgusting and like I'm dragging today into tomorrow. 

Journal or Vent Before Bed

You know that stress you have been carrying around all day? Don't bring that BS with you to bed. Keeping a journal or venting to a dearly beloved can help take the stress and unpack it from your mind. Somehow, sharing your woes with another person helps share the burden of life. 

Make the Environment Suitable for Sleepy Time

I don't know about you, but I have to sleep in a frozen wasteland with a white noise maker app thing in the background. So I have an app on my phone (it's called Relaxio - super good, free) and a fan. Other people need a lot of fuzzy blankets and pure silence. That is totally okay. I also have a little bit of light in my room when I sleep from my computer, so that helps me. My coworker sleeps with her TV on, so that might also help you. 

Decide When You're Getting into Bed and Stick to It

When it's time for bed - it's time for bed. This gets your circadian rhythm set into a "I sleep now, I wake up then" type thing. Circadian rhythm and REM sleep are importante, people. 

 

Hopefully this little bit of nonsense helps!! ❤️



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LPbilliejr

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A lot of these tips are really helpful, good work. I would however advise against eating right before bed, depending on what your sleep habits are. When you're eating right before bed, your body's digestive cycle is continuing like if you're still awake even while you're sleeping, because you had the late meal. There's better ways to explain it but essentially your body will start to play this out of sync game of I'm still processing food when your brain is trying to sleep, and your brain is trying to wake up when your body thinks it's supposed to be in the resting portion. There's some hopefully easy to find articles about this, it's essentially just a loose form of 'time restricted' eating. I've noticed it helps when I dont eat past 7or8 for example. Even if im sleeping while hungry....I wake up actually awake and not so groggy. 

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2 minutes ago, LPbilliejr said:

A lot of these tips are really helpful, good work. I would however advise against eating right before bed, depending on what your sleep habits are. When you're eating right before bed, your body's digestive cycle is continuing like if you're still awake even while you're sleeping, because you had the late meal. There's better ways to explain it but essentially your body will start to play this out of sync game of I'm still processing food when your brain is trying to sleep, and your brain is trying to wake up when your body thinks it's supposed to be in the resting portion. There's some hopefully easy to find articles about this, it's essentially just a loose form of 'time restricted' eating. I've noticed it helps when I dont eat past 7or8 for example. Even if im sleeping while hungry....I wake up actually awake and not so groggy. 

I did not know this! That's awesome to know, actually.

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