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  1. I think it’s rather ironic that you posted this right after your post on reading in bed. All I’ve ever seen on good sleeping habits says to use your bed for sleep only. Reading in bed, laptops in bed, and TV in bed are big no-nos. Here’s a great page from Stanford University on good sleeping habits , if anyone’s interested: http://www.stanford.edu/~dement/howto.html As a chronic insomniac, I’ve found a lot of those tips helpful. I recently bought a white nose machine, and it has saved my sanity!

  2. I think it’s rather ironic that you posted this right after your post on reading in bed. All I’ve ever seen on good sleeping habits says to use your bed for sleep only. Reading in bed, laptops in bed, and TV in bed are big no-nos. Here’s a great page from Stanford University on good sleeping habits , if anyone’s interested: http://www.stanford.edu/~dement/howto.html As a chronic insomniac, I’ve found a lot of those tips helpful. I recently bought a white nose machine, and it has saved my sanity!

  3. Great post – thank you! I suffer on and off with insomnia and know how miserable it is. I found another of your posts about baths really helpful. 20 mins in a hot bath with plenty of Epsom salts can make you sleepy. I’ve also used relaxation videos on Youtube as I struggle with tense muscles. I’m going to try your suggestion of a sheet this weekend.

  4. Great post – thank you! I suffer on and off with insomnia and know how miserable it is. I found another of your posts about baths really helpful. 20 mins in a hot bath with plenty of Epsom salts can make you sleepy. I’ve also used relaxation videos on Youtube as I struggle with tense muscles. I’m going to try your suggestion of a sheet this weekend.

  5. I couldn’t agree more about going to sleep alone. If I don’t fall asleep before my husband comes to bed his snoring keeps me awake all night! I find it strange that you mention a sheet. It must be a different cultural habit because here in the US we always use a flat sheet under blankets. I have to be covered in order to sleep and the sheet is great in the summer when it is 98 degrees with 100% humidity. I have also found that trying to read a boring old classic like Les Mis or Moby Dick puts me right to sleep, it took me six months to read Les Mis!

  6. I couldn’t agree more about going to sleep alone. If I don’t fall asleep before my husband comes to bed his snoring keeps me awake all night! I find it strange that you mention a sheet. It must be a different cultural habit because here in the US we always use a flat sheet under blankets. I have to be covered in order to sleep and the sheet is great in the summer when it is 98 degrees with 100% humidity. I have also found that trying to read a boring old classic like Les Mis or Moby Dick puts me right to sleep, it took me six months to read Les Mis!

  7. Same here I have to go to bed on my own. I do the lavender on pulse points and read house mags nothing too taxing. Drinks useless I trot to and fro otherwise. I hug a pillow like a teddy too ! Was awake until 2 last night. Sigh. Not tried sheet under duvet. Last resort !

  8. Same here I have to go to bed on my own. I do the lavender on pulse points and read house mags nothing too taxing. Drinks useless I trot to and fro otherwise. I hug a pillow like a teddy too ! Was awake until 2 last night. Sigh. Not tried sheet under duvet. Last resort !

  9. I must be the odd lady out here, but I can’t fall asleep if my husband comes to bed later than me. I have to touch his foot with mine in order to fall asleep, weird I know. The times that my husband has come later, I do fall asleep quickly but wake up faster. Then I am mad because I just took a “nap” and then I am up for hours!!

  10. I must be the odd lady out here, but I can’t fall asleep if my husband comes to bed later than me. I have to touch his foot with mine in order to fall asleep, weird I know. The times that my husband has come later, I do fall asleep quickly but wake up faster. Then I am mad because I just took a “nap” and then I am up for hours!!

  11. Jeanette my husband talks and talks when in bed.. I empathise as often asleep and in he comes and I am then awake as he is snoring !

  12. Jeanette my husband talks and talks when in bed.. I empathise as often asleep and in he comes and I am then awake as he is snoring !

  13. Great tips! I can not sleep with earplugs because my tinnitus would make me crazy, same reason it is easier to sleep with somebody, the sound of breathing distracts.

  14. Great tips! I can not sleep with earplugs because my tinnitus would make me crazy, same reason it is easier to sleep with somebody, the sound of breathing distracts.

  15. Sleep has always been my favorite life event, hobby, escape, what have you. I love these tips and have already adopted several. I have a multitude of pillows for various “phases” of comfort depending on what mood my cranky neck is in so I love the idea of the butterfly pillow! And now, I’m off to noddy land.

  16. I find a too cold room worse than a warm one. I want the sheet under the quilt/duvet, but hubby can’t seem to tolerate it. Flannelette is a godsend in the Winter. You can get away with less on top if you have a cosy bottom sheet and pillowcases. made with that material. And I sleep better with my husband in the bed. His big warm body is such a comfort. And fortunately, he doesn’t snore unless his rhinitis is acting up.

  17. The amount of time you spend in each stage of sleep changes as the night progresses. For example, most deep sleep occurs in the first half of the night. Later in the night, your REM sleep stages become longer, alternating with light Stage 2 sleep. This is why if you are sensitive to waking up in the middle of the night, it is probably in the early morning hours, not immediately after going to bed.

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