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The Ultimate Trick to Sleep Better at Night

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The Ultimate Trick to Sleep Better at Night

How restful are your nights these days?

Do you go to bed, close your eyes and blissfully sleep for 7 hours? Or do you toss and turn for hours getting more and more anxious as the time for your wake-up call quickly approaches?

If you’re part of the latter group, I feel for you.

For years, I almost felt like a vampire, wide awake at night, but horribly exhausted during the day.

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The moment I went to bed, my mind was filled with tons of ideas about my business and life, which made it impossible to make my brain, well, shut up long enough to fall asleep. I was constantly moody, had headaches, felt depleted and more and more unhappy.

I need sleep better. Lots of it and when I don’t get it, life just seems less glamorous, less exciting and less fulfilling.

That’s why I went on a little discovery tour to find out what might help my sleep-deprived body and mind. I tried all the conventional and supposedly miraculous tips for a healthy sleep. I went to bed at the same time every single night, I exercised every day, I avoided alcohol and caffeine, I even drank warm milk at night.

Yet nothing worked.

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Until I watched a German TV show during a particularly sleepless night. It must’ve been destiny because I never, and I really mean, never watch German TV. They talked about insomnia and all the horrible things it does to your mind and then they shared a tip that would change my life.

Are you ready for it?

Make your bedroom a No Gadget Zone

That’s it. That’s the whole secret that has drastically changed my life and freed me of all my sleeping problems. Ever since I stopped having my iPhone on the nightstand I’ve been sleeping peacefully and through the night.

It’s incredible how calm my mind gets when I stop using gadgets about an hour before I go to bed. Everything relaxes and I’m able to let go and give in to sleep naturally.

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So, what am I doing with the all time I now have before I go to bed?

I read wonderful, relaxing books. I journal about my day, my dreams and hopes. I mediate from time to time to let go of all anxieties and stress. I stay away from work and TV.

Everything I do is tied to me having a good night’s sleep.

You should try it. It’s simply miraculous.

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Need more ideas to help you sleep? Try this related article: 19 Ways To Fall Asleep fast

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A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

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7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

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Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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