The clock ticks. Its red light stabs your eyes again. It's ten minutes later than it was the last time you looked at
YOU NEED SLEEP!
But your mind replays everything that happened during your day.
It imagines everything that MIGHT happen tomorrow
And it won't quit playing the theme song from The High and the Mighty, which
was a really cool movie but which doesn't belong in your would-be dreams all night long.
How do you get to sleep?
Well, let's start before you go to bed.
1) Keep your bedroom ONLY for sleeping. There are
some obvious exceptions to this, even for Beyonders, but you get the idea. No model-making, card-playing. TV watching, Playstation
2)Try to keep a regular bed time. Okay, I understand DSS called
last night at 11:45 telling you they would be right over with twin girls. That's a good reason to stay up. Watching the last
hour of The Inn of the Sixth Happiness ( which starred Ingrid Bergman and which was a great movie--maybe my favorite of all
times) is not.
3) No bed time snacks Why? Your blood sugar will peak then
fall and the sudden fluctuation may wake you after you fall asleep. AND if it's popcorn, you may be tempted to watch the rest
of the movie. BUT you might try eating about three hours befor retiring--keep it light.
4) Keep your bedroom cool--no warmer than 70 degrees.
5) In cooler weather, wear socks to bed. Your feet have a lot of
blood vessels in them, close to the surface. They get cold faster than other parts of your body and will wake you demanding
6) Nothing to drink from two hours before bed time. This one
is a no-brainer. Okay, you might get up to go to the bathroom and fall over the ottoman breaking your toe. making it necessary
to take some Ibuprofen with a glass of water which will attack you exactly one-half hour after you return to bed.
7) Keep your bedroom dark. This is important to cue the body's sleep rhythms. And, the vision of some
Beyonders in their Beyonderwear might be enough to cause nightmares.
8) No exercise an hour before retiring --Although a regular exercise program will help you maintain
a healthy emotional outlook. Do it earlier in the day.
And if you get to bed and just lie there, tossing and turning and making your husband so grumpy he tells you to lie still
or go down and sleep on the couch but you've been battling bursitis in your arm and you really can't sleep on the couch so
you try to lie still but then the blanket tangles and you jerk at it and hit your husband in the nose so that it bleeds and
HE goes downstairs to sleep on the couch. ( Not that this has ever happened to me)
Drink a little HOT MILK ( yes, it really does help)
READ A BORING BOOK
PLAY A QUIET GAME (Not your son's Star Wars Nintendo)
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