One of the best tonics to promote healing is sleep. Yet far too often the bedroom functions as a multipurpose area where you watch TV, use the computer, pay bills, sort and fold laundry, and do numerous other sleep-interrupting tasks. Your bedroom is not merely a place where a piece of furniture called a bed resides. It is the restorative chamber where you recharge, quiet frayed nerves, regain composure, and center yourself once again.
Consider relocating the TV into the living room. Find more suitable spaces for other items not related to sleep. An assortment of covered baskets in all sizes, styles, and colors can become storage containers for many task materials. This yields a three-fold benefit: getting back a truly functional bedroom, organizing unsightly (but necessary) projects, and adding a personal flair to other rooms.
- Keep regular hours. Try to go to bed and wake up around the same time every day, including weekends.
- Develop a sleep ritual. If you do the same things before you go to bed each night, it will train your body to get ready for sleep.
- Take some time to relax and unwind before you go to sleep. You may try stretching, relaxation exercises, a hot shower or bath, meditation, or a cup of herbal tea to help you relax and prepare for sleep.
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol or other stimulants in the evening.
- If you are taking a diuretic, try taking it in the morning. Diuretics increase urination, and this may keep you up at night.
Question of the week: What have you found that helps you sleep?
*Tips on getting a good night’s sleep provided by Targeted Health Solutions, MediResource Inc.