The female brain is wired for juggling. You fulfill multiple roles day in day out. You keep piling on work and crowd out sleep to fit everything in.
Bad idea! You need your “beauty” sleep to give your mind and body a well deserved rest.
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Here are 4 pointers to help you fall asleep once your head hits the pillow so you can maximize your sleep time before the alarm rings
1. Avoid using any stimulant after 4PM. You will be amazed about what comes under the stimulant umbrella; caffeine in any form; energy drinks, Sudafed and a fair amount of herbals.
2. Don’t fight with your spouse or partner just before bedtime. It took me a decade to learn this fact. Bringing up thorny issues around bedtime will keep you up and upset past your bedtime.
3. If you are overweight, if you snore and if you wake up to an anxious bed partner who says that you stopped breathing during sleep, do yourself a favor by asking your doctor for a sleep study.
If you come back positive for sleep apnea, you will be provided a machine with a face mask known as the CPAP to sleep with. This apparatus pushes positive pressure into your airway to prevent the tongue from falling back and getting in the way of airflow during sleep.
4. Avoid exercise late in the evenings. Exercise gets you stimulated and it could take a little longer to wind down from an exercise high. I have been told I could seep in water but find it a little harder falling asleep when I exercise later in the day.
So you have tried all of the above and you think you could use some more help and you are terrified (as you should be) of the high powered prescription sleep medications.
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