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Infographic: The Secrets Of Better Sleep

by Erika Nicole Kendall

Y’all keep asking me about “sleep” and my sleeping habits, but I can never answer y’all because I’m too busy napping. 🙂

Greatist, however, has plenty of answers to your questions about sleeping and how sleep affects your health:


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Kristen February 23, 2012 - 12:50 PM

I definitely need to leave my laptop and cell phone outside of my room. I wake up to both next to my bed and I’m sure it contributes to my anxiety. I’m just so used to winding down with my tv and computer, preparing for the following day. Sigh…

Paulette February 23, 2012 - 8:55 PM

I’ve been suffering from on and off insomnia for over 7 years. After talking to my gynecologist, she says that I am in the early stages of menopause. The sad thing is that I am only 42. So I have many years of this.

Many of the tips you have mentioned I have heard from doctors or read in books. For me, I need to reduce my stress so that the mind chatter doesn’t wake me up.

What bugs me most is that sometimes lack of sleep interferes with my fitness routine. I have learned to be flexible and adjust on the fly. Sometime I just run to get the mileage in; I don’t have to run like a Kenyan.

I can’t stop these episodes from happening, but I have had some success in reducing their length.

Thanks for the tips!

Shamira February 24, 2012 - 4:02 PM

I totally agree with this. I need to get more sleep at night. I do take naps at work and my coworkers are shocked that I do it so easily. A 15 min power nap does me good. Thanks for the info!

Candy June 22, 2013 - 7:27 AM

This has happened to me 3 times now when I have started a workout routine: I start working out, which I love to do. Because I’m so excited about working out the next morning when I go to bed I can’t fall asleep, I kid you not. I also think if I have worked out that morning it does something to my metabolism and keeps me awake. (This is definitely the case when I try to work out anytime after 4pm and always has been, in my 20’s I could not even do crunches before bed or I’d be awake all night). But now, because I’ve been inactive for a few years I think my body is like “what the what??!” even when I work out in the a.m. and metabolism flying off the handle even into the night. I also think I’m more paranoid about falling asleep a bit hungry when I am working out, no idea why. If my stomach is not TOTALLY full I can’t sleep. If I’m my everyday sedentary self I can go to sleep with a few hunger pangs no problem.

These things really mess with my sleep and contribute to derailing my workout routine. If I can’t fall asleep til 2 or 3 a.m. then a) I’m more likely to skip workouts in the morning b) even if I do work out my body is not going to lose weight due to not getting the rest I need.

Any suggestions for these issues? I was active and fit before kids and want that back.

Erika Nicole Kendall June 22, 2013 - 8:12 PM

I’d try pure chamomile tea before bed. Seriously.

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