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Resolution Cheerleader: You Are Feeling Sleepy.

January 21, 2011

How are you doing with your resolutions? This year I’m pretty proud of my list. If you have actually stuck with your New Year goals congrats you are part of the 75% of the people who stick with them through the first week. And according to the Huffington Post in 6 months 46% of the people who made resolutions will stick with them.

So what goals did you make? If getting out of debt, weight loss,  getting organized, or getting more sleep is on your list you have more in common with most Americans and Australians than you think. These goals actually made up the most common New Years resolutions in both countries. As an avid goal setter I thought I might pull out my pom poms and help cheer on anyone who has decided to take on any of these goals. This time we are going to work on getting some better sleep.

I was surprised to find that Healthcommunities.com claimed that more that 40 million Americans suffer from long term sleep disorders each year. That’s a really high number. So if you have issues you aren’t alone. Try some of these tips to help you get a better nights sleep:

1. Set a routine: Pick a time at night when you a usually tried and set that as your bedtime and stick to it. Consistency is important for the body and will help you sleep better at night. When the body is totally rested you should be able to wake up in the morning without an alarm clock. If you don’t wake up in the morning when you need to try going to bed earlier.

2. The art of napping: Napping can actually hinder you from getting a restful night. If you need to nap during the day try to do it in the early afternoon and limit it to 30 minutes. It’s not uncommon to tried in the evening, but don’t give into that feeling of needing to nap. As hard as it may be to get up and go push through the drowsiness. You don’t have to go jogging just get up off the couch and do something. It could be light housework or on a hobby.

3. Set the mood: The environment of where you sleep is just as important as how long you sleep. One thing that can prevent you from sleeping is noise. I’m the type of person who likes the sounds of the street so I usually keep my window opened at night to sooth me. If you aren’t one of those people try putting heavier curtains on your window or turn on a fan to drown out the noise. Also keep the lights to a minimum. Take a look around your room. What do you have that emits light? Even the small lights from computers, cell phones, and alarm clocks can produce enough light to effect your sleep.

4. Before bedtime routine: What do you do before bedtime? Watch movies, listen to music, or catch up on your to-do list? How much of that is high impact or involve loud noise? About an hour before bed turn down the noise and don’t do anything that will increase your heart rate. The key here is to let your body wind down from the day.

5. Talk to a doctor: There are lots of reason why might not be sleeping. Stress and anxiety might be one reason, but there are a lot of medical reasons that sleep may be hindering your sleep. Talking to a doctor may help.

What do you do when you have trouble sleeping.

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  1. January 21, 2011 6:19 am

    What helps a lot with insomnia and helping people get better sleep is exercise! I work in the health field and have seen many articles go by about how getting exercise helps calm you and is good for your body. At the end of the day it helps you sleep. I tried finding a few links about it, but I wish I could link to some of the articles I remember reading, although it was a few months ago.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100915140336.htm
    http://www.ehow.com/how_5075862_use-exercise-reduce-stress-insomnia.html
    http://www.holisticonline.com/remedies/sleep/sleep_ins_exercise.htm

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