Secrets to a Better Night’s Sleep
This is a tough one! Do you have trouble sleeping?
I have a lot of experience with this, with myself, my customers and my family! I fell asleep as I started to write this. Not because I can fall asleep on a dime. I fell asleep because I didn’t sleep much last night. I’m excited about some simplifying we’re doing in the business, and I think my body is reacting like Santa’s coming tomorrow. I have all this work to do during the day…and I’m so tired because I stay up being excited about what I get to do during the day.
PURE is due out next week. That’s another thing that has me excited.
I am in a new boomers group on Facebook. It’s kinda funny because when I wake up, I will get caught up on Facebook. It used to be my friends in the UK and Australia were the only ones up then. Now I see my boomers are on too!
Tony Robbins was in my DVD player yesterday, interviewing someone about the different times of history as compared to the times of our lives. I believe that each time of our life brings us extra sleep challenges.
Founder, The Health Coach Group
Times of Our Lives
- When I was a child, I went to sleep when it got dark and woke up when the sun came up.
- As a teenager, they moved my bedroom to the basement, and it was always dark. I think I slept a lot.
- When I got out on my own, I partied all night and slept all day…I am sure that wasn’t healthy at all.
- Then, I got married and had babies and was exhausted and wanted to sleep. I couldn’t because my babies wanted me 24/7. I was very sleep deprived during that time.
- I finally started sleeping normally again and then…
- My children started dating and driving. That just about does you in! Thank goodness for cell phones, but even so, I never slept until they got home. I was very appreciative of the new law when my son got his license, and it said that all new drivers had to be home by midnight. There was no debate.
- My kids went to college, and I started sleeping like I did when I was a child again. I’d fall asleep when it gets dark and up when the sun rises…life is good.
Sleep is so important. We are meant to recharge our batteries nightly, and if we don’t do that, we start to bear the consequences.
Sleep deprivation effects:
- Weight (gain or loss)
- Function (performance)
Tips for better sleep:
- Establish a rhythm of sleep, go to bed at the same time nightly and get up at the same time.
- Take short naps if you missed sleep the night before (20 minutes is optimal)
- Supplement your Vitamin D (if you aren’t sure, have a blood test and get it checked…then supplement it)
- Get some sunshine during the day
- Get exercise during the day
- Turn off your television, computer, and Ipad at night
- Turn lights down at night
- Have a comfortable bed
- Block noise out
- Block light out
- Make sure your bedroom is cool
- No caffeine 10-12 hours before sleep
- No large meals (especially beef) before bed
- No alcohol
- No smoking
- Learn relaxation techniques
- deep breathing
- muscle relaxation (like biofeedback where you progress through your body)
- envisioning your peaceful place
- whatever you are thinking about when you wake up…empty it out of your head by substituting thoughts.
- relax…don’t even think about falling back asleep, think about relaxing and take the pressure off
- if you have to, get up and do something for a few minutes to break things up. Stay away from the television and computer…more like reading a book or article
One last word…on sleeping pills. You already heard my story on Benadryl. I will share my experience with Lunesta and Flurazepam. I had a doctor when I was going through big hormonal changes, who gave me sleeping pills. He said to take no more than 3 nights to get you back in the rhythm, then quit taking them. If you are not inclined to addiction, this can be a lifesaver. DO NOT TAKE sleeping pills for more than 3 days. Even if they say they are non-addictive, they are. The sleeping pills that are “non-addictive” (Lunesta) are still addictive in a different way, that is that you can not sleep without them. If you can avoid sleeping pills all together, you should. I was taking the “non-addictive” type sleeping pill about 10 years ago. I could not sleep without them. To get off them, I took my Flurazepam and went on a cruise. (We were lucky enough to get yearly trips for free from fabric and blind companies!) I took the Flurazepam for one night. Then I figured that I was not going to need to perform for 8 days…so I went cold turkey. You don’t get any kind of withdrawal…you just don’t sleep. I thought I could sleep whenever I had a chance and I didn’t really have to be nice to anyone and the world would not end if I made a mistake. It worked. There was one thing I hadn’t figured in that helped, the relaxation of the trip. That helped and by the end of the trip, I was not taking any sleeping pills.
A couple months ago, I got a new bed, thanks to Tomorrow Sleep. There is a sleep monitor on it. I’m still really loving the comfort of the bed, the sheets, and the comforter. I could do without the monitor now. My husband is obsessing over it and I think that it’s possibly causing him to wake up more.
You may find it interesting to know that I’m back in school now too. I’m going through the course to become a Naturopathic Doctor. I should probably do a blog on all the legal drugs you can take to help you to find immediate relief or results to almost anything. I’ve probably taken them. I’ve also suffered the physical consequences. not all drugs are bad….but I can give you a list that would just mess you up in more ways than you can imagine. A lot of them affect your sleep. If you feel like you need a sleeping pill, just say no. Try the things I suggested here and find a Naturopath to help you if all that doesn’t help.
What are some of the sleep challenges you have had? How do you get to sleep? Share it below! I can’t wait to hear!
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