Friday, November 6, 2009
Plan Your Sleep Environment. Limit your bedroom to sleep. Don't study, eat, work on a computer, watch television or do any activity in your bedroom other than sleep.
Most patients claim that watching television does not cause insomnia, but some patients are aggravated by it. Reading the Bible or a novel may help you to fall asleep--or can keep you up. Therefore, read only if it helps you to fall asleep.
Keep your bedroom uncluttered. Try to keep your bedroom uncluttered as much as possible to avoid stressful distractions.
Don't go to bed unless you are sleepy. If you're not sleepy when bedtime comes, try taking a warm bath, reading the Bible, having a massage or doing any other activity that helps you to wind down.
Keep your bedroom dark. Make sure your bedroom has no light shining into it from the street or from a nightlight. You might need to cover your digital clock since clocks are usually lighted.
Remove noise. Your room should be free from distracting noises, ringing phones, honking horns, sirens and other sounds that could disrupt your sleep. If you cannot control some of the noise, get a machine that reproduces sounds such as ocean waves, raindrops or even white noise.
Is the temperature cozy? Keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature. The key is that you should feel neither too hot nor too cold.
Get rid of the Goldilocks complex. You are going to spend approximately one-third of your life in bed. Make sure your mattress and pillow enable you to sleep comfortably.
By creating the right atmosphere for sleep, many people eliminate their insomnia. Ultimately, it's not just how much stress you encounter that determines how well you sleep. What's important is whether or not you are choosing to rest in God.
Taking off the Stiletoes and going to sleep : )