For as long as I can remember, I have had difficulty falling asleep. It doesn’t matter how tired I am, I am not one of those people whose head hits the pillow and nods off within 5 minutes. No, that would be my husband. Argh, he drives me crazy saying that he’s not sleepy and then falling asleep instantly, but I digress.
Sleep becomes much easier if I follow a few routines. Regular exercise is key. Exercise is as close to magic as you will get for your health, it’s just good for so many things. I don’t exercise right before bed though, that would be too stimulating. I also don’t watch the news right before bed. That would keep me up half the night. Before bed I like to relax by writing and having drink. No, not the alcoholic kind because those may help you fall asleep initially, but they are not helpful in staying asleep. I like to drink a glass of milk (I like to have cookies with the milk, but I don’t think those help me sleep).
I always thought that milk helping you sleep was an old wives tale or one of my nana’s crazy cures (a lot of which come to find out are not so crazy at all), but apparently the proteins in milk are good for your hair, your muscles, and they help you sleep. I don’t know if the milk helps me sleep because of the protein or if it is psychosomatic, but to be honest I don’t really care…I’m just happy to sleep.
In a way it’s funny that I use milk to help me fall asleep because I also use it to help me way up. Every morning I look forward to starting my day with a cup of cafe con leche. I like my coffee to be about the same color as my paper bag.
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