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It’s no surprise that many of us in the Caribbean aren’t getting enough sleep, but an article by BBC News offers quite a few tips from a director of Clinical Sleep Research on you can get sleep faster when you head hit the pillow, tips that you may not have heard before. For example:

Tensing until your muscles hurt may not seem the most sensible way of getting to sleep, but it’s a popular and proven cognitive technique. Systematically tense each muscle group in turn until it starts to hurt… and then let go. This creates a warm feeling of relaxation, and any tension should flow away. The theory is that with physical relaxation comes mental calmness.

If you’re like me, you maybe have heard of this method (Progressive Muscle Relaxation), but there was one tip that was entirely new to me:

Just repeating “the” could be the solution. It’s known as a blocking strategy, another cognitive technique. The aim is to stop the mind racing.

Repeating a simple word like “the” at irregular interval blocks other thoughts coming into your head.

Finally, out of curiosity
How many hours do you sleep in a night ❓

  • Over 8 hours
  • 7-8 hours
  • 6 – 7 hours
  • 5 – 6 hours
  • Under 5 hours
  • I’m polyphasic, baby. Your rules don’t apply to me.

Starting with me – On an average I get about 5 hours of sleep a night. let’s hear about your sleeping habits in the comments. Photo by:*Peasap*

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Comment by Build Muscle Fast
2008-08-10 05:49:58

I sleep 7-8 hours but stil wake up kinda tired.

 
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