• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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No Sleep?

I awoke this morning from the worst night of sleep I have had in weeks.  Ever had those nights where you just lay in bed and think about everything you have to do until you realize three or four hours has passed?  I know I have.

While they make medicines and sleep aids that help for this sort of thing, I am not a person who tends to take medicines voluntarily.  I don’t seek them out.  A natural means of fixing a ailment or problem is always first on my list.  So, what can be done to help increase your nightly amount of zs WITHOUT the use of medicine?  Here’s the thought:

  • Get to sleep at a semi usual time each night.  Of course, you can exclude weekends from this if you like, but during the week try to keep it pretty regular.
  • Take a nap to make up for lost sleep on the nights you are lacking.  This will keep your body at a regulated amount of hours.
  • Bask in the light.  Studies show that increasing your exposure to natural light during the day can help your body stay healthier and more on track.
  • Mimic vampires.  Sleeping in an all dark room with no light can sometimes aid in the process of both falling asleep and staying asleep for a normal length of time.
  • Cool it.  Keep your sleeping space cool (65 degrees is considered optimal).  That way, you won’t awake from overheating or freezing.
  • Read.  Instead of listening to music or watching tv (which can sometimes get stuck in your head before you try to sleep), read a book or magazine to gradually tire your eyes and slow down your thinking.
  • Check your stress.  For me, this is perhaps the biggest challenge.  Anxiety is a major factor in my sleeping.  To help solve this, try doing some light stretching and muscle relaxation exercises before trying to sleep.  This can help to reduce tension in the body and lead to a more restful sleep.
  • Write down your thoughts.  If an idea or anxious thought pops into your head (i.e. make sure to email that person tomorrow, study for that test, etc), write it down on a piece of paper  for things to do in the morning.  That way it doesn’t haunt you while you try to sleep.

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