How to Catch Some Sleep

With the convenience and diversions created by electricity, the natural sleep cycles revolving around sunlight are a thing of the past. Sleeping enough and restfully can be challenging, but this problem can be easily be overcome with a simple approach based on common sense.


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    Modify the sleeping hours for individual preferences and schedules. A light sleeper may like it better by sleeping in bits and pieces. Think of sleep as work, it has to be done, and can be daunting task. The hour break at work can be applied to sleep by going to bed an hour earlier and taking an hour break from the "work" of sleeping. In another case, a two-job worker (or student) might take an hour nap between jobs (or classes and studying) and feel more refreshed than if he added that hour to the bulk of his sleep time. Continuous sleep slows the body way down, too much for some people. 4+4=8, 5+3=8, 7+1=8
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    Determine the amount of sleep required and have some flexibility in this figure. Sleep times varies daily due to work, family, social or other reasons. When it is the weekend sleep as experts would recommend. By practicing time management, you will be more efficient, organized and productive.
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    Expect to have a restless night, if you had a full day and had little or no time for winding down before sleeping. How you lived your day was by choice, accept the consequences of your actions. Be that as it may, continue to lay in bed, with your eyes closed and lights off. Do not force yourself to try to sleep, let sleep happen on its own. Think about a pressing problem if it concerns you so much, but lay still, keep the lights off and keep your eyes closed. Winding down is not a quick process.
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    Control vision input. Draw the curtains, cover the eyes, and most importantly keep the eyes closed. A major part of sleep is resting the eye muscles - the eye muscles are not going to relax if the eyes are open. The eyelid muscles keep the eyes open, the eyeball (orbital) moves the eyeball and in the eyeball are muscles that a). focus and b) control the incoming light (the pupils), like the aperture in a camera. All these muscles have to rest.
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    Minimize sound with earplugs or headphones if you don't have earplugs available, not leaving the radio on, or by shutting all the windows tight (turn on the AC and adjust the thermostat). After controlling what can be seen, controlling sounds is next in importance. Foam earplugs are designed to dampen and not eliminate sounds. These plugs are used in occupations where hearing is protected from noise but also where hearing is important. i.e. you will still be able to hear with these earplugs on.
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    Use air conditioners, humidifiers or filter air purifiers for particulate matter that is irritating. For gas air pollution start indoor planting with plants that require low light and are drought resistant.
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    Don't move. To relax and to wind down, requires stillness. If some "things to do" item causes anxiety, get up, make a post-it and forget about it.
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    Make the bed comfortable, bask in the glory of life (except when the music is blaring next door), good health and living free.


  • Have faith in the plan, it is a good plan based on common sense. Sleep is like work - it has to be done.
  • If you have just eight precious hours for rest, keep your eyes closed for that time, be patient, there will be times when sleeping is not a problem.
  • Even with the weight of the world on your shoulders, from duty and responsibility, keep your eyes closed for eight hours or a total of eight hours. In the morning you will be very refreshed even if your active mind did not let you escape into deep slumber. It is not absolutely necessary to have deep, restful sleep every night unless time is unlimited.

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