Health & Wellness
I Tried These 8 Sleep Tricks, Here's What Worked (and What Didn't)
Posted: September 4, 2020
The tips that finally led me to a better night's sleep…
Editor's Note: Sleep patterns change over our lives and many seniors find themselves struggling to adapt. Following is an excerpt of an article by Victoria Smith that may help you find a solution. Follow the links to other articles that may also prove helpful. It originally appeared on Domino in March, 2018. A link to the full article appears at the bottom of the page.
Sleep is such a double-edged sword. A solid night of shut-eye makes you feel like you can rule the world, while tossing and turning all night long makes you want to cry. Plus, go a few days without enough sleep, and you’ll be moody, anxious, and constantly fatigued. Not fun.
Lately, for me, gettingwas a struggle. Thanks to some stressful circumstances, I had trouble falling asleep. I’d wake up at 3 a.m. with anxious thoughts, and I’d feel groggy and useless in the morning until I had three cups of coffee.
With my under-eye circles darkening and anxiety levels rising, I realized I needed to change how I approach bedtime. Experts call this “sleep hygiene”—the practices and habits you can do to help improve sleep quality and your alertness during the day. After doing some research, I came up with these eight tricks and tips to improve my sleep hygiene. Some are based on science, others are old wives’ tales, butwere involved. For one week, I put them all to the test. Here’s what worked best in my quest for more restful nights [in the full article Smith briefly describes each approach, wth a verdict for each.].
- Turn on White Noise
- Wear a Sleep Mask
- Turn Down the Thermostat
- Follow a Bedtime Routine
- Stay Away From Screens
- Journal Before Bed
- Avoid Alcohol Late at Night
- If All Else Fails, Just Relax
What do you think? Which might work for you? Compare your hunches (or experience) with Victoria's findings, by. Fefore you do that, though, here's a hint
Over a week later, I’m happy to report my sleepis back on track, and I’m logging 7 to 8 hours per night. I think it’s a combination of all of the strategies above, but I believe that following a relaxing and keeping my phone away from my bed delivered the most benefits. Plus, they’re totally doable and don’t require any big purchases. There have been a couple times when I woke up , but overall, I feel way more rested today than I did one week ago—and I only had one cup of coffee.
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