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 Relax and Sleep Easy

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Relaxation Techniques

Even after the bed bugs are gone, many people experience irritability known as “Post Bed Bug Stress Disorder.” People suffering from this often feel phantom bed bugs crawling on their bodies and wake up in the middle of the night inspecting themselves for bites. Practicing relaxation techniques can help reduce this anxiety and prepare you for healthful sleep. Some examples are:
  • Mind and Body – Reduce stress by using visual imagery and body awareness. Start by reducing muscle tension, while repeating words to yourself. Try imagining a peaceful place and then focus on feeling different physical sensations, such as relaxing each arm or leg one by one.
  • Relax Muscles – Start by tensing and then relaxing the muscles in your toes. Repeat this action in other parts of your body, working your way up your body. Do this repeatedly, focusing on the slow tensing and relaxing of each muscle group.
  • Visualize – Find somewhere quiet to sit, close your eyes, and loosen any tight clothing. Form mental images in your head to take yourself to a peaceful, calming place, using as many senses as you can.

Relaxing Rituals Before Bed

Simple nightly rituals can help you fall asleep more easily.
  • Do simple stretches
  • Read a book
  • Take a warm bath
  • Listen to soft music
  • Prepare for the next day

The Colors of Sleep

Certain colors can affect mood, so painting your room can help you return to a peaceful night’s sleep. Soft, cool colors such as greens and blues can reduce stress and anxiety.

Avoid bright reds, oranges, and yellows in your bedroom decor, since they can be less relaxing than other colors.

Living in an apartment? You may not be able to paint the walls how you’d like to get back to a pleasant night of sleep. But you can still use relaxing colors on pillows, rugs, and blinds to help you get back to bed.
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