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Sleep Like A Baby

I've been up to the wee hours designing, coding, and writing. The result? Two weeks of terrible, awful sleep. So if you're in the same boat, this week's roundup for you. Here's 10 tips to help you sleep like a baby:

1. Take a power a nap

“So what makes a power nap effective? Think of it as an investment with the greatest return in the least amount of time, a kind of super-efficient sleep that fits nicely in a high-pressure schedule: say, between business meetings or in the minutes before a game.”
Getting The Perfect Nap

2. Mama was right: Drink warm milk

“If your mother used to give you a cup of warm milk before sending you off to bed, she had the right idea. Dairy foods are a good source of tryptophan, an amino acid that your body converts to melatonin and serotonin ” both of which are thought to induce sleep.”
Foods that help you sleep

3. Say no to drugs

“Certain medications can interfere with normal sleep patterns. Following is a list of drugs that can cause insomnia.”
If You Are Having Trouble Sleeping–¦

4. Keep the socks on

“Instead of counting sheep, the next time you have trouble sleeping, try putting socks on your feet. A researcher says people with chronically cold feet might drift off faster if they warm their feet with socks or a hot water bottle.”
Warm socks may help some people fall asleep

5. Become an early riser

“It's hard to become an early riser using the wrong strategy. But with the right strategy, it's relatively easy.”
How to become an early riser

6. Get better bedding

“We tested a truckload of mattresses, sheets, blankets, and pillows to identify the ultimate combination for catching serious shut-eye. And for those occasional stare-at-the-ceiling emergencies, we also picked the best over-the-counter sleep supplement and prescription sleeping pill.”
Sleep Better Tonight

7. Ditch your alarm clock

“Fingernails screeching down a blackboard, the shrill tones of the Emergency Alert System: few things are as obnoxious as an alarm clock. Human beings have survived for most of our history without these confounded noisemakers”why would you need one now?”
How to Wake Up without an Alarm Clock

8. Makeover your bedroom

“It seems the bedroom is often neglected in lieu of updating more “public” areas of the home. However, the bedroom environment has a major impact on the quality and quantity of sleep. Improving it should be a top priority.”
Bedroom Makover

9. Work out regularly

“Findings from a recent Stanford University Medical School study may come as no surprise: older and middle-age people reported sleeping better when they added regular exercise to their routine. After 16 weeks in a moderate intensity exercise program, subjects were able to fall asleep about 15 minutes earlier and sleep about 45 minutes longer at night.”
Exercise Improves Sleep

10. Wear an eye bra

This super-advanced eye mask blocks out all light to help you sleep in any environment. But it looks like a bra for your eye.
[Lights Out Sleep Mask][10] via Lifehacker

How do you get a good night's sleep? Please share your tips in the comments.

Photo by tamakisono

[10]: http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/002659.php

14 Comments

  • Jeff

    gravatarMay 11, 2008
    8:46 am

    I don’t like to keep my socks on, but I do rub my feet together thus warming them prior to going to sleep.

  • Joao Carvalhinho

    gravatarMay 12, 2008
    7:18 am

    I have a cat… He nests himself on my feet… Its way better than socks :)

    Except when he wakes up… and has to go pee… then… I have to keep my eyes wide open to prevent him from getting into the sheets…

    when I said nested… I really meant nested… not over the pillows and blankets. :)

  • kadavy

    gravatarMay 12, 2008
    4:15 pm

    If I go right to bed and try to close my eyes, I’ll have a horrible time trying to get to sleep. Now I just turn on my reading light, stare at the wall and think. But rather than dwelling on things, I try to let my thoughts just process and dissipate. Sometimes I have to write in my Moleskine journal first to get things out of my head. Before I know it, my eyes get heavy, I turn off my lamp, and I’m out in a few minutes!

  • luciano

    gravatarMay 13, 2008
    1:21 pm

    great ideas ! never though of most of the ideas here

  • JanB

    gravatarMay 15, 2008
    9:05 am

    thank you, I’m heavly interested into “How to Become an Early Riser” and will read it as soon as my printer finished it.

  • Sheri

    gravatarMay 18, 2008
    9:17 pm

    I wear socks every night. And a wrist brace. And no pillow. I sleep better during the night, and wake up with less pain in the morning (old neck injury).

  • Jay

    gravatarMay 22, 2008
    9:00 pm

    I would add the following to the list: booze, wine, and in a pinch, cough syrup. Substitute sex for working out. Eliminates the drive to the gym and when you’re done, you’re already in bed.

  • Paulius

    gravatarMay 22, 2008
    9:03 pm

    Great top 10 on how to sleep, I would like to add one tip: spell out word “checkoslovakia” backwards. “a i k a v …….. zzzzzzzzz”

    It puts me sleep in a 2-3 minutes. If you get bored try another word.

  • Grizzljy

    gravatarJun 11, 2008
    6:10 pm

    I find that wearing the socks really works in winter, however I do just the opposite when it’s hot. I set a fan so it points directly at my feet. I keep cool all night long. This, I think is not for all, but it works for me. As for falling asleep, I’ve always been pretty good at that (my wife is staring daggers at me as I type this!)- We’ve found that the environment helps. No TV in our bedroom, and no clutter. No laptops or reading allowed. Just a very comfortable king-size. Very spare (and difficult to keep that way) but it works for me.

  • Solar Garden Lights

    gravatarJul 10, 2008
    6:36 am

    Your list is helpful, however I don’t like to keep my socks on. When I want to sleep I just lie comfortably and think of anything and before I know it, it is already morning time.

  • Sleeping like a baby

    gravatarAug 25, 2008
    2:57 pm

    Great tips. Thanks. I would also liek to add that I sleep with my mumoocie every night. It is soft and cozy and has a torso shape. It makes me feel more secure.

  • Rogers William

    gravatarJun 9, 2009
    9:10 am

    The best way to sleep is to have a cup of milk at night,not do anything stressful or hear anything stressful or read anything stressful or have sex.Just relax all muscles in progressive relaxation mode,surrender the day to Jesus,keep feet warm in winter,cool in summer,have a nice hard bed and not soft foam beds which actually harm the spine in the long-run and give backaches and disturb the quality of sleep, count sheep or word backwards,shag a bit to relax the penis and finally have a whore in bed, it keeps you warm(dont forget the condom!) Peace!

  • Tanaji More

    gravatarApr 23, 2010
    8:34 am

    Above all tips are nice. I never gave thought to them before. Usually when i go to bed, i just relax and try not to think for a while and it works always for me. sometimes i just look at my breath and within few minutes i falls asleep. i hardly remember the days where i was not able to sleep.

    anyways each one has to find their own style of sleeping. just enjoy nice sleep each time.

  • sweet

    gravatarMay 18, 2010
    7:08 pm

    Tylenol pms work very well I take them when I’ve had a rough day and its hard to dose off and before I know it I’m gone and the suns rising also I have a machine that sit by my bed and when I’m not in the mood for tylenol I try the rain setting and I sleep like a baby hope these help