Many of my friends and co-workers here in Utah report trouble sleeping. They wake up in the middle of the night with nothing to do but stare at the ceiling. There are some things you can do to try and get better sleep.
1. Keep a consistent bedtime.
2. Turn off all screens or don’t bring them into the bedroom.
3. Do not eat just before going to bed.
4. Don’t consume alcohol or caffeine before sleeping.
5. Your sleep partner is awake, tossing and turning, or snoring.
On that last one, before you boot your significant other to the guest bedroom, maybe you should try Scandinavian sleeping. I love how giving something we have all done a sexy new name makes it seem interesting.
Scandinavian sleeping just means you have your own blanket and extra pillows. This will keep you from dragging the blanket from your partner in the middle of the night when you are cold. An extra pillow makes it so you don’t you use the other person to prop your legs up.
It is something Danes do apparently. They keep everything separate. This way you can determine how warm you want to be and you won’t be accused of blanket robbery in the cool hours of the morning. I’m not sure what it looks like when you make the bed in the morning though.
Sometimes something simple that you overlooked can mean the difference in a good night's sleep. If nothing else works, I like to pretend I am asleep. I might not be dreaming, but if I stay really still, hopefully my body will be fooled into getting rest. I call this “Feign Inerting”.
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