4 Challenges & Solutions to Getting a Good Night's Sleep

Thursday, November 29, 2012

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A good night’s sleep makes you feel better and gives you the energy you need to face the world. But, some women have trouble getting a good night’s sleep. Here are some of the reasons women have trouble sleeping and some things you can do to get a good night’s rest.

  1. I have a baby, so I’m up several times a night.
    Sleep with your baby close by (e.g., in a bassinet by the bed), so you can calm or feed the baby without having to hike down the hall. And—we know it’s tough—but try to teach your body to sleep when the baby sleeps. Your body will thank you for using that time to rest, even if only for a few minutes.

  2. My brain keeps going.
    Turn off the television, computer, and mobile devices at least one hour before bedtime. Try reading a book or magazine instead. Keep a journal by your bed and use it to empty the “to do” list from your mind or to write down everything from the day for which you are grateful. Also check out 4 Ways to Relax.

  3. I get up to go to the bathroom and am wide awake.
    Limit beverages and liquid meals (like soup) at least two hours before bedtime. Make a trip to the bathroom before going to bed.

  4. The street lamps outside my bedroom window make it seem like the middle of the day instead of the middle of the night.
    Hang room-darkening curtains. Or try out a silky eye cover. If you live somewhere that is noisy, consider getting a white noise machine or play a “sounds for sleep” on CD or your MP3 player (they make these for babies—no reason why adults can’t take advantage too!).

NOTE: If you have been having trouble sleeping and think you might have a sleep disorder, be sure to talk with your doctor or a sleep specialist for additional help and support.


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