Wendy Poling
Frequent Contributor

Why is it during a deployment, or simply time away from our spouses, many of us go on high alert and hear every noise during the night? When I think back to my single days living in my own apartment or even during my college days, I don't remember being this sensitive to sounds. I don't remember having the insane habit of triple checking our doors. I'm guessing it's probably safe to blame this now somewhat OCD behavior on motherhood and frankly getting used to having a husband "stand the midwatch".


I'm also wondering why it is our days can go by in a flash when they are gone, but the nights seem to last an eternity?

Sometimes it's really hard to fall asleep when every little noise keeps my brain spinning. Do you have trouble either falling asleep or staying asleep?


Below are a few sleep tips that include items from a Mayo Clinic article on the subject of better sleep:


  1. Go to sleep at the same time every day - This will help your body's sleep-wake cycle. If you don't fall asleep within about 15 minutes, get up and do something relaxing.
  2. Don't drink a Diet Coke before bed - That goes for any type of caffeine, it can take hours to wear off.
  3. Turn off the TV - Do create a bedtime ritual that is includes relaxing activities. Try reading a book or listening to soothing music.
  4. Create a relaxing environment - If your room is a mess then chances are you will have a hard time relaxing. Play some of your favorite music and take a moment to declutter and put things away. Unplug from your electronic devices.
  5. Get some exercise - Working out on a regular basis can actually help you fall asleep faster and give us the ability to "enjoy deeper sleep".
  6. Journal before you go to bed - Write down what you are thankful for and any to-do items swimming around in your head. This simple act can lower your stress level and be a great way to reflect on the great things of the day.


For more sleep tips visit: Sleep tips: 7 steps to better sleep.

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