If you hear yourself often saying any of the following things about sleep, please read on:
“I am not a good sleeper.”
“I wake up at 3 am and stay awake.”
“I am always tired.”
My husband, my mother, my father, and I have said all of these things numerous times in our lives. My husband and father both have Sleep Apnea. When treated with a CPAP machine, they have the quality and quantity of rest they need. My mother is a worrier. She can’t sleep because she’s thinking too much. That’s a bit of my problem as well, but I am like most mothers with small children…I am a light sleeper. I hear every sound. I use a fan, but I still hear every little noise.
According to “Causes of Sleep Problems” on WebMD:
Other factors that can interfere with sleep include:
- Genetics: Researchers have found a genetic basis for narcolepsy, a neurological disorder of sleep regulation that affects the control of sleep and wakefulness.
- Night shift work: People who work at night often experience sleep disorders, because they cannot sleep when they start to feel drowsy. Their activities run contrary to their biological clocks.
- Medications: Many drugs can interfere with sleep, such as certain anti-depressants, blood pressure medication, and over-the-counter cold medicine.
- Aging: About half of all adults over the age of 65 have some sort of sleep disorder. It is not clear if it is a normal part of aging or a result of medications that older people commonly use.
My doctor recently told me that everyone should be able to sleep through the night, for at least eight hours, without getting up to go to the bathroom. And if you can’t, you should see a urologist. While I don’t really believe that because every BODY is different, I do believe that we can achieve quality rest with easy and safe habits.
We’ve heard all the advice that makes complete sense, yet we don’t always follow it:
- only use your bedroom for sleep and sex…no TV, no electronics
- go to bed and wake up at the same time every day
- finish eating and drinking at least three hours before bedtime
- keep your bedroom cool and comfortable
These are all great. Here are some more you can add to the list.
- diffuse and apply essential oils, such as Lavender, Copaiba, Vetiver, and Cedarwood
- avoid stress in your life, especially before bedtime
- use meditation, prayer, or any calming ritual before bedtime and if you wake up and can’t get back to sleep
- invest in a quality comfortable mattress, like the GhostBed memory foam mattress
- consider sleeping with a fan or sound machine
- make sleep a priority in your life
These are all manageable habits. And the last one is simply a mindset. We think we can survive a day after a bad night sleep with caffeine, power drinks, and just pushing through, but we don’t have to and we shouldn’t. Sleep is a huge part of your lives. We are meant to spend about one third of our lives asleep. That’s a lot! Make it a priority. Find the ways that work for you. And get a good night’s sleep.
That’s an order.