Our expert says:
The why for the sleep advice is based on the idea that NOT doing so, builds a sort of conditioned reflex, and automatic expectation of being restless and sleepless in the actual place of bed, rather than one's body and mind assuming that sleep will rapdily and satisfyingly occur there. I suspect most of us have experienced how irresistably drowsy one can feel sitting in front of the TV, where it can be so easy to nod off ( especially with DSTV's nerw devoption to showing and re-showing lousy old films and not providing the new ones they used to ). Then one can grow the habit of feeling drowsy in front of the tv, and by contrast, going to bed and feeling wide-awake there.
If you really feel too comfortable and tired ( which isn't always the same as sleepy, if you've noticed ) while in bed, and reluctant to get up, then one might try reading a boring book right there. The worst is to lie there alarming oneself with the " It's been 3 hours and I'm never going to get to slep at all" thoughts.
The hot milky drinks work both by being satisfying comfort food, but also some of the natural chemicals in milk do help to promote sleep.
Try the getting up until drowsy. If it works for you, fine. If it doesn't --- stay in bed !
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