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Some Do’s and Don’ts for Sleeping

By Winsome Coutts

Sex, pets, snoring, and arguments – do these all belong in the same bed? If sleeping is a problem, here are some useful hints which may help you to get a better night’s sleep.

Some Do’s and Don’ts for Sleeping


We all have the occasional disagreement, even an argument that can stop us from sleeping. We ‘bring home’ bad day at the office and even take it to bed. What about snoring – how can you sleep with that booming beside you? Resort to the sleeping pill bottle, or is there another way? Are you guilty of some of these ‘no-noes’?

How to get to sleep naturally-

• Your bedroom is only for sleep and romance. Don’t work in your bedroom, and particularly, in bed. The computer and bills etc. should not be welcome in your sleeping space. However, sometimes necessity requires a desk in the bedroom, e.g. Teenagers rooms or lack of space in the house. Try to keep the work space tidy and completely separate form the sleeping space.

• Sexual activity can be very relaxing and may help you to roll over and go to sleep. But for couples where sex is either very stimulating and exciting, or even stressful and frustrating, perhaps another time and even place may be needed. Both partners need to be aware of their own needs and discuss together what works best for them and how to accommodate each other to get a good night’s sleep.

• Never go to bed with an upset on your mind. If you have worries, put them down on paper. Make an agreement with your partner – no business discussions, no arguments, just before bed. Work out together, in advance, how you will handle any future arguments, so that when bedtime arrives you will have some form of strategy for resolution, for bedtime anyway. Maybe an agreement to discuss it together in the morning; and a reassuring kiss to make up for now.

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• Do get help with your partner’s snoring – he or she is not suffering, but it can be adversely affecting your health. There are various products on the market, and ultimately a simple surgical procedure. My best friends are now happily sleeping together again since the trumpet like snoring of one of them has gone – after surgery.

• Don’t sleep with the dog, or cat, for lots of reasons ……

• No sedatives or sleeping pills. These are only meant as a temporary measure to help break bad sleeping patterns anyway, but often they are used long-term, with negative side effects. Do your research before taking pills long-term.

• Some natural or herbal solutions can be tried. Magnesium (found in raw green vegetables, brazil nuts, soy flour, almonds, kelp, whole grains, dried figs and avocado) or tablet form, calcium (found in almonds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, sardines (bones), dairy, dried figs, onions, spinach, broccoli, parsley, seaweed), valerian, passionflower. Magnesium and calcium calm the nervous system and even a small deficiency can have an affect on sleep.

• No work just before bed, no answering emails, paying bills, reading stimulating stuff, etc. A light novel or magazine are just fine. Keep the provocative and confronting reading for another time. Horror stories – no thanks.

• Soft music or nature sounds before you drift off to sleep are recommended too.

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