Not Sleeping Well? 3 Things You Haven't Tried Yet That Might Work

Not Sleeping Well? 3 Things You Haven't Tried Yet That Might Work

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Adrienne Breaux
Nov 22, 2014

You've added curtains that block out that annoying street light. You've turned the temperature down in your bedroom. It was tough, but you've stopped surfing the web and scrolling through Instagram hours before bedtime. And you sure as heck aren't drinking caffeine late in the evening. But you're still not sleeping well! This weekend try one of these three things you may not have tried yet.

Keep the pets out of the bedroom

I love a good cat or dog snuggle as much as anyone, but your furry loved ones might be getting in the way of you getting a good night sleep and you not realize it. My cat, for instance, is the cutest thing ever...until he gets up and moves around and meows when he's bored about 10 times a night. I had to long ago banish him from my bedroom (but don't worry we take frequent sofa naps) so that I could sleep more soundly the whole night through. Your pets might be getting in the way of your best sleep by taking up too much of the bed, overheating you, snoring or any number of scenarios. It might be worth an experiment of trying to sleep without them for a week or two to see if it makes a difference.

Change your bed cover style

More than likely (unless you were converted sometime after college) you've probably enjoyed the type of sleep cover style you started with as a kid — quilt, duvet, comforter, etc. But just because it's what you've always known, doesn't mean it's the best for you. If you've always stacked a pile of quilts on top in the winter, you might not realize that lightening that load could let you sleep a little freer and regulate your temperature better. Or maybe you don't yet realize the comfort that a giant comforter might bring you because you've always been a duvet guy. Consider exploring the options out there to find one that might make your sleep even more comfortable.

Set your worries aside (literally)

If you're not sleeping well because your brain just can't shut down — it's always running at hyper speed with everything you did that day and didn't do, or waking you up in the middle night with a racing heart and worries, it might help you to keep a paper pad and pencil by your bedside. Mentally dump out of your brain and onto the paper all your worries — all your last minute need-to-dos, thoughts, complaints and more — on to that pad. To get to later or forget forever. Just don't let them stay in your mind, where they might interrupt your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.

What are some weird things that have helped you sleep better that you want to share in the comments?

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