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55 Ways To Sleep Your Way To The Top (it's not what you think!) ;-)

May 23, 2015 2:58:00 AM / by Linda B James


55 ways to sleep your way to the top?  It's not what you think.... A good night's sleep is important for anyone seeking success.  We all need sleep!

Unfortunately, young and old alike have trouble sleeping. Let’s face it; sometimes it’s difficult for you to relax, rest and unwind and “slip into dreamland.”

If you’re having trouble sleeping, you’re not alone… consider the following from the National Sleep Foundation:

  • Over 40% of all Americans between 13 and 64 say they rarely or never get a good night’s sleep
  • 60% experience a sleep problem every night (snoring, waking up in the middle of the night, etc.)

Sleeping pills and sedatives will not solve your problem!   They pose dependence risks and possible side effects.

So what can you do? Keep reading…

Below is a list of ways* to get the sleep you need and help reduce stress and anxiety. I have developed a list of 55 “Sleep Enhancers” that have worked for me over the years. It is not meant to be comprehensive but it’s a good place to start….

This is the first of my  "better sleep series."

Sleep Enhancers


  • Lavender and other fragrances
  • Candles
  • Sprays
  • Diffusers
  • Soaps and lotions
  • Essential Oils

Nighttime Drinks, Extracts and Other Herbal “Cocktails”

  • California Poppy Seed
  • Catnip
  • German Chamomile / Chamomile
  • Rosemary
  • Lemon balm
  • Valerian
  • St. John's Wort
  • Peppermint
  • Passion Flower
  • Skullcap
  • Hops Flower
  • Warm Milk
  • Tart Cherry Juice


  • Melatonin
  • Magnesium
  • Anti-histamines
  • Herbal supplements
  • Tart Cherry capsules


Snooze Tips

  • Light walk before bed
  • Wearing an eye mask
  • Regular exercise four hours prior to sleep
  • Muscle relaxation techniques
  • Romance
  • Yoga for sleep
  • Meditation
  • Acupuncture
  • Body Massage
  • Shiatsu
  • Deep breathing
  • Room colors 
  • Comfortable bedding
  • Light therapy
  • Visualizing peaceful and pleasant scenes

Other Sleep Aids

  • White noise- soothing sounds
  • Relaxing music
  • Guided sleep programs
  • Soaking feet
  • Steam room
  • Hot tub
  • Reflexology
  • Warm bath / Shower

Foods To Help You Sleep

  • Walnuts
  • Peanuts
  • Turkey
  • Cereal
  • Rice
  • Barley grains
  • Corn
  • Oats

In Part 2, we will explore "Sleep Enemies" and how to avoid them.

* NOTE: Please consult your doctor or medical professional before trying these remedies, especially if your insomnia persists.

Wishing you much success!


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Linda B James

Written by Linda B James

Radio/TV personality, speaker, media coach and lifestyle expert. Known as The Lady With The Moves and the author of the Simple Treasures series.