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21 Things to do to get a Better Night’s Sleep

If you’re not getting a good night’s sleep you risk some serious health issues. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute…

Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.

It also makes you gain weight!

In infographic below from LifeHack.org, are 21 things you can do to improve your sleep.

Here are the top 10 things that worked for me. I now get a solid 8 hours most every night.

  1. Start dimming your lights about 2 hours before bedtime.
  2. Use a night-dimmer if you must read on your phone or tablet so you don’t have the blue light that keeps you up.
  3. Do not drink caffeine after 2 pm.
  4. Don’t drink alcohol 1 hour before bed.
  5. Don’t exercise heavily right before bed. Do yoga stretches before going to sleep to relax you.
  6. Drink chamomile tea.
  7. Remove the TV from the bedroom. I don’t miss it at all.
  8. No business or work after 8 pm. Period. It can wait till the morning. Keep a pen and notepad on your nightstand in case you get a brilliant idea. But try to start chilling 1 hour before bed.
  9. Take calcium, potassium, melatonin and magnesium supplements before bed.
  10. Block your eyes from any light. Use a night mask or bandana. The body starts creating melatonin in the dark.

There’s also a cool sleep app — Sleep Cycle — to download on your phone and place it on the nightstand. It’ll monitor your sleep.

21 Things to do to get a Better Night's Sleep

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13 Revealing Signs that You are Overthinking Things

If you suffer from insomnia, you may be an overthinker. Overthinking things is a common characteristic of perfectionists. You can’t turn your brain off – even at night. You’re trying to write an email or an article and you’re constantly redoing it. You want it to be perfect. But perfection is in the eye of the beholder.

Here are 14 Telltale Signs that You are Overthinking Things. Infographic by Sharon Martin, LCSWPsychcentral.

14 Revealing Signs that You are Overthinking Things

You are an overthinker if you…

  1. Second guess everything.
  2. Can’t help analyzing things to death.
  3. Always expect the worst.
  4. Suffer from insomnia often.
  5. Hate making decisions.
  6. Would rather someone else do the deciding for you.
  7. Have regrets.
  8. Can’t let things go.
  9. Take everything personally.
  10. Are a perfectionist.
  11. Are often critical of yourself – not quite sure of yourself.
  12. Feel tense, constantly under stress.
  13. Can’t turn your brain off.

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