How to Get a Good Night's Sleep
New year, new yawwwn. If your resolution is to finally get a solid eight hours of rest (or, let’s be realistic, 6½ to 7), this pillow talk from Real Simple readers could help.
The minute before my head hits the pillow, I write out a list of everything I have to do that pops into my brain—work duties, errands, and so on. When I’m done, I put the pen and pad on my nightstand and breathe a sigh of relief that nothing will be lost while I’m in dreamland.
Ocean Beach, California
After I turn out the light, I review all the things that I’m grateful for, starting with my cozy bed. This ritual helps me feel at peace with the world and signals to my mind and body that the day is over.
Santa Rosa, California
Nothing calms me like imagining my future—thinking about the kind of man I might want to marry someday, the type of business I would like to start, and how I wish to spend my retirement. I “walk” through the scenes in my mind, picturing every detail. I think this works because when I envision my future in the way that I want it to be, all my anxiety slips away.
Charlayne C. Gray
Before I hit the hay, I sit on the floor and hold a yoga pose for five minutes. It’s so relaxing that sometimes my husband has to wake me from it to go to bed.
Cary Sue Lavan
When I can’t fall asleep, I match my breathing to my husband’s. The rhythm helps me nod off.
Concord, New Hampshire
Socks! When my feet are warm and toasty, I sleep through the night.