Five Tips from the Sleep Doctor
I used to spend hours awake in bed at night. My visit to a sleep specialist changed that.
In addition to the usual good advice to cut down on caffeine after noon and on alcohol at night, he offered five suggestions that I hadn't heard before and that really helped me break the habit of sleeplessness.
4/18/2014 04:08:54 pm
I like to listen to something funny and undemanding on television, I don't say watch because I take off my glasses and, fairly often, fall asleep with the TV on.
4/19/2014 01:27:25 am
Hi, Maya --
4/19/2014 02:55:00 am
Thanks for commenting, June. I hope the advice helps.--Maya
4/19/2014 03:43:31 am
I also listen to audio books before going to sleep. It's like a bedtime story. And reading with a light on can actually keep me awake longer. Usually I'll feel myself starting to nod off, and then I'll turn it off and go right to sleep. Then I just backtrack a little the next night.
4/19/2014 04:41:53 am
Thanks for your comment, Alyssa. Another vote for audio books as a sleep aid--I should share the "bedtime story" advice with my sleep doctor to add to his bag of tricks.
4/20/2014 12:30:51 am
I love this cartoon!
3/31/2015 04:13:52 pm
I travel a lot, and often find it hard to sleep in a "strange" bed. I solved the problem by taking a "white noise" machine with me when I travel. Most white noise machines are small, some as small as a wallet, and they can be set to play a selected soothing sound, such as surf, rain, wind, stream, birds, etc. I set it to run all night at a very low volume, and it always works like a charm!
Mary Ann Corrigan
4/2/2015 03:18:51 am
Thanks for commenting, Fran. I enjoy listening to the surf on a white noise machine, though I'd rather be somewhere I can hear it by opening a window!
4/2/2015 03:23:38 am
True, most specifically in Hawaii!
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