Do you have any sleep problems that you don't think are as severe as needing "treatment", but would like some relief (or, rather, sleep?!)
A week or two ago, I got about six hours of sleep over the course of three days. It wasn't related to parenting, stress, an all-nighter or anything else -- I just couldn't sleep. You would think after the first sleepless night or two, my body would just follow its course and crash. My husband, who felt sorry for me, pulled out all of the guns -- made me dinner with turkey, chamomille tea, you name it. Thankfully it worked. It did get me thinking about ways I could've been more proactive. Here's a few tips I found from the Mayo Clinic:
Make sure to get some exercise into your day;
Set up a quiet, relaxing bedtime routine, such as a warm shower or soft music.
Gentle upper body stretches or gentle yoga may help tight muscles unwind.
When you wake up in the middle of the night, staying in bed and listening to some soft music or a book on tape with the lights out may help you transition back to sleep.
You might also want to avoid foods, drinks or activities that might affect your sleep patterns. Caffeine, alcohol and sugary foods can affect the quality of your sleep. Avoid caffeine after noon, limit alcohol to one drink several hours before bedtime, and pass on late night sweet snacks.
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