Sleep Solutions

Dated: 08/10/2015

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8 Sleep Solutions For More Rest

Millions of people rely on medication to go to sleep each night. To help avoid reliance on sleeping pills and get the sleep your body requires, try these ideas for common sleeping problems:

If you have trouble going to sleep...

  • Exercise daily. Your body will be ready to rest at the end of the day. Some experts suggest light exercise as late as 7 p.m. three times a week; others say take 20 minutes to slow down (reading or meditating) before you lie down. See what works for you.

  • Try Dr. Andrew Weil’s “4-7-8” breathing exercise. Search for the exercise (including a video) at

  • Maintain a consistent schedule (same bedtime and wake-up time).

  • Keep the bedroom cool (between 60 to 67 degrees) and dark. Your body associates sleep with a drop in temperature.

  • Avoid large meals (especially high protein), alcohol and caffeine before bedtime.

  • Put down the smartphone. The glowing light stimulates your brain. Set rules about electronics before bed for your kids, too. An exception: There are Android and iPhone apps that may help you evaluate your sleep (Sleepbot) or provide lulling sounds (Sleep Pillow) to help you nod off. (Scroll down to “Fun Facts and Laughs” for related websites.)

If you wake up in the middle of the night...

  • After 15 minutes, get out of bed, go to another room and do something else (read, listen to music). Avoid your computer and TV and don’t watch the clock!

  • If worries keep you from falling asleep again, jot your concerns down in a notebook and clear your mind.

If you have chronic insomnia, which could be caused by disorders such as restless leg syndrome or sleep apnea, talk to your doctor.

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