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Friday, September 19, 2014
Sleep is for the weak.... me.

So, I got to a little writing (thinking actually) when I had a sleepless night few weeks ago. I woke up in the morning and had to quickly write it out while I was at work. Well, here goes:

Dos and Don’ts of sleeping (for insomniacs)

I am an insomniac myself and I have a hard time trying to fall asleep at night. Tossing and turning is pretty much my routine every night. Below methods are what I concluded. Do you have any dos and don’ts too?

1. Exercise. Whoever said exercising before you sleep as it tires you out is lying to you. It is recommended to exercise in the morning so you will be fit and healthy and even be more alert for the rest of the day. So imagine putting this theory into practice at night. You will be left wide awake. Probably even more awake than you were before.

2. Drink tea. They say tea soothes your soul and relaxes your muscles. But did they also tell you tea contains caffeine and is actually better to drink tea instead of coffee if you want to stay awake? (Except chamomile, drink that! Tried and tested – approved!)

3. Count. Seriously? This doesn’t work. You will be more awake with every increasing number. One, two, 10, 50, 1000, 1001, 1002, this is not helping!

4. Think. This is pretty obvious. Thinking keeps everyone wide awake. But ideas always come knocking in the wee hours!

1. Drink chamomile. As mentioned, teas pretty much keep us awake but chamomile really relaxes our body and mind. This have been tried and tested by yours truly and it gave me a good night’s sleep. Don’t expect sleep to happen immediately after you drink though. Just relax on your bed after drinking.

2. Keep away electronics. I read somewhere on the internet that says a bedroom should only consists of what a bedroom should have. Electronics like your laptop/desktop and handphone, etc. should be kept out of the bedroom. This way you won’t be tempted to touch them when you can’t sleep at night. And without their distraction, I’m sure you’ll concentrate on falling asleep instead.

3. Listen to soothing music. This worked for me. I slept like a baby throughout.

4. Relax your muscles. A friend once told me: Lie straight, face up. Feel your body relax from the toes up till your eyebrows. I tried this method and honestly, besides knowing that I am always frowning (even when I’m on bed trying to sleep), it doesn’t really help.

5. Snuggle. This ALWAYS works. So, snuggle up! If you have no partner, then with your teddy! Switch on the A/C and tuck yourself in a comfortable position, close your eyes and relax. Sleep is sure to come.

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