60 Minutes Before Bed:?:

  • adventuresam

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    Sep 15, 2008 5:01 PM GMT
    What time are you going to bed at night?

    What are you doing the hour before bed?

    Have you found something that really works for you in getting a good nights rest and waking up fully refreshed the next day?
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    Sep 16, 2008 3:29 PM GMT
    avdenturesam saidWhat time are you going to bed at night?

    Any time between 10:30pm and 12:30am.

    What are you doing the hour before bed?

    Working late on the computer, homework, tv, sex.

    Have you found something that really works for you in getting a good nights rest and waking up fully refreshed the next day?

    Not really. There are times when I have to take sleeping aids in order to get to sleep. I never feel fully refreshed, and require coffee in the morning to wake up and make it to work to be productive.

    I'm interested to see if others have found things to do before bed to get a full night's refreshing sleep.
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    Sep 16, 2008 3:35 PM GMT
    Sex makes me both tired & relaxed, usually easier to then fall asleep. Mental stimulation is not good for me before bed, so working on computer projects or online can give me insomnia.

    Watching television in bed can help, and I'll set the timer so I don't have to fight falling asleep with it on. News shows are bad, better is light entertainment that doesn't require a lot of participation on my part. Best are old reruns or movies I enjoy seeing over again, but don't need to follow too closely.

    I rarely read myself to sleep because I'll forgot most of it the next day.
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    Sep 16, 2008 3:41 PM GMT
    What time are you going to bed at night?
    Anywhere between 10 and 12 on a weeknight...weekends...anytime up to 5a maybe 6a. Hee hee!

    What are you doing the hour before bed?
    Eating, watching TV, sex, posting on RJ.

    Have you found something that really works for you in getting a good nights rest and waking up fully refreshed the next day?
    Last night I found out that a small serving of port wine does WONDERS!
  • gumbosolo

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    Sep 16, 2008 3:42 PM GMT
    12am-2am, generally reading/stretching/writing. If I can't sleep, it's either because I'm tense or because I'm worried about stuff I have to do the next day, and for the first I like to massage out my feet and ankles and anything else that feels tight or really worked from the day . . . I find just thinking through the events of the day that's passed throws my thoughts of tomorrow to the sheep.

    Also no bright lights in those last couple hours-- computers and the like included.
  • D972

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    Sep 16, 2008 4:16 PM GMT
    What time are you going to bed at night?
    * I go to bed at 11:30 consistantly

    What are you doing the hour before bed?
    * I am cleaning, taking a shower, on computer, masturbating (before shower if it happens), or reading

    Have you found something that really works for you in getting a good nights rest and waking up fully refreshed the next day?

    * Yup, I take Valerian and GABA. Both are herbal sleep aids that are non addictive. I take it 30 minutes before bed. But I have to say, the dreams are addictive. You will have them in technicolor and 3D.
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    Sep 16, 2008 4:18 PM GMT
    between 12 and 1.

    an hr before i usually watch the local news and family guy then bed.
  • adventuresam

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    Sep 17, 2008 10:15 PM GMT
    Sweet, thanks for the replies guys. I did quite a bit of research on this topic and collected a list of things to do to make sure we have great sleep and feel fully refreshed the next day:

    1. Try and get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night

    2. Don’t eat anything for at least an hour before bed (one exception would be a small fruit)

    3. Sleep and wake up at the same hour every day (this will create a healthy cycle where you will naturally feel asleep at night and even wake up without an alarm in the morning)

    4. Don’t take a nap during the day (if you do make sure it is less then 30mins and before 3pm)

    5. Make sure your bedroom is adequately ventilated and that your sheets/blankets will not make you too hot (body temperature naturally drops as you fall into a deep REM sleep, and if you get too hot you will find that your sleep will be disrupted)

    6. Refrain from exercise at least 4 hours before bed time (people who exercise late at night will have a heart rate which is accelerated above normal and not allow you to get into a deep sleep)

    7. Don’t have any caffeine or alcohol at least 4 hours before bed time
    8. Take a warm bath an hour before bed (the warm bath corresponds with your body temperature being warm immediately after a bath and then dropping as you cool off, therefore inducing sleep)

    9. Don’t watch tv or work at the half hour before bed (tv and work usually will lead to a clutter of information in your head as you sleep and this has been proven to reduce the quality of sleep)

    10. Read or try meditating half an hour before bed (reading is very calming and in a low light room will relax you right into sleep. Meditating before bed is the golden key though. If you can unlock the power of this door then you can be in such a relaxed state that nothing will disrupt your sleep).
  • VinBaltimore

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    Sep 18, 2008 3:27 AM GMT
    Well, it's almost 11:30 and I should have been to bed a half hour ago so I can get up at 6:30. But what am I doing? Talking to you folks and waiting for some chocolate chip cookies I just took out of the oven to cool enough to put away.

    Wanted to bring some to my yoga instructor tomorrow since she had a birthday recently and I'll give some to a friend when we take him out to dinner on Friday to celebrate his birthday. 'Course the thought didn't occur to me until about an hour ago.

    I always get this "second wind" around 10 o'clock. I should be getting ready for bed but instead I'm doing a load of laundry, making dinner for the next night or taking the dog for a long walk around the neighborhood.

    Ugh. Luckily I sleep pretty well. I just usually wake up tired and wish I'd gotten just another hour or so. I can function and all, but I definitely feel it when I'm fully rested. My mood is significantly better (just ask the old ball and chain) and I'm more productive.
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    Sep 18, 2008 2:15 PM GMT
    I aim to be in bed by 11pm every night except at weekends. I'm usually on-line until bedtime. I don't have a tv in my bedroom so no distractions. I never take sleeping pills.

    I wake at 6am every morning and will either cycle to do weights or have a swim.

    Weekends are slightly different depending on what I'm up to.