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, buy lisinopril online 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
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 my very brief open statement to anyone who experiences my lateness. Especially when it involves my daughter. And just for some background…I NEVER USED TO BE LATE.
Lately, I’ve become keenly aware of the stress I put on myself to get my daughter ready to go somewhere. About 15 minutes before we have to leave, I start to feel the pit in my gut. Then I start to think of all the things that need to be done. Get dressed, brush teeth, do hair, put shoes on, pack a snack and drink, go to the bathroom. That doesn’t even include what my body needs. Then as those things start to happen, I speed everything up. I get anxious. I find myself saying things like: “Focus! Do what I asked! We’ve got to go! Maybe you don’t really want to go! Hurry! Get in your seat! ”
Then the pit turns into a rumbling, and the rumbling turns into a shaking. And by the time we are in the car and I am behind the wheel, maybe on time, maybe not, a huge sigh exits my body and I feel like I need a damn drink!
It’s utterly ridiculous and it stops today.
Nothing we do in our tiny part of the world is worth all that. I can’t take it anymore. She doesn’t care. The people on the other end don’t care. Why should I?
This post was all set for complaints, worries, difficulties, stress, annoyances, blah, blah, blah. I even made a list of all the things I wanted to complain about, for fear of forgetting something. Oh, the horror!
I sat down at my desk to work on a more pressing project and noticed my screensaver slideshow. There were photos from years and decades ago and some I didn’t even recognize. Friends and family enjoying the events of the past faded in and out. Wonderful memories flooded my mind and my heart. I even smiled.
How lucky am I? I’ve done some really cool things in my life! Many of the smiles on those faces were because of me. Many of my smiles have come from the events and people in those pictures. Simple photos transported me back in time and gave me that same warm feeling of happiness and contentment.
Phew! What a week! Our show and fundraiser were quite successful and I am thankful for that. What I’m really happy about is getting back to true blogging. Forget all this selling stuff! Give me something to chew on!
Christmas. My favorite time of the year. So magical. So beautiful. So inspiring. There are certain phrases and questions, though, that have become bothersome to me. My goal is to compose answers that are concise, yet polite.
Are you ready for Christmas?
Have you done all your Christmas shopping?
10 Ways to handle holiday stress…
It’s a crazy time of year.
Let’s give this a try.
Well, certainly! I am always ready to celebrate someone’s birthday and be a good and loving person.
Not really worried about it.
‘Holiday’ and ‘stress’ are not allowed together in a sentence in my world.