Friday, July 20, 2012

Sleeping Don'ts with Sophia

Sophia Loren in Bed; 1957

Before You Go to Sleep Part 1 - Don't . . . 
[Source: Good Housekeeping; 1940]

  • Don't pay your bills just before going to bed
  • Don't rehearse the day's cares after lying down
  • Don't eat anything late at night that is hard to digest
  • Don't listen in the last news broadcast if you're a worrier
  • Don't wear nightgowns of pajamas that bind
  • Don't sleep facing light from window or reflected in mirror
  • Don't sleep in a draught, but have plenty of cool, fresh air
  • Don't weigh yourself down with too-heavy bedding
  • Don't suffer from cold feet; get a hot-water bag
  • Don't read with too little light or one that glares
  • Don't choose a depressing or too-stimulating story
  • Don't have an alarm clock that wakes you with a start

Since I always have trouble sleeping, I thought I'd look into some old school tips for sleep aid.  All sound tips, but some impossible to achieve.  Firstly, I can't shut off my brain so I'm always thinking about my cares and worries.  Secondly, my alarm clock has to be jarring or I'd never get out of bed.  I comply with everything else except the pajamas, but I can work on that.

Sweet dreams,

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