It’s harder for so many of us to get a good night’s sleep in these times. There are lots of reasons why. I’ve been taking medication for an inflammation the past 5 days which is known to create insomnia and haven’t gotten much sleep. I’ve been able to ease through it peacefully, with the tips I’m going to share with you.
You probably know the statistics. Not enough sleep affects quality of life emotional well-being, mental clarity, communications, performance at work or elsewhere, even our sense of connection to our spirit or authentic self and ultimately our long-term health. (Anything I’ve left out?)
You stay up late to get things done, like “just one-more-email,” which just keeps stimulation active when you need to be relaxing. Sometimes I watch TV to relax before sleep, but I have to select what I watch carefully. Otherwise the theme of the last show takes over my brain. (American Idol or action shows are not on my allowed list, otherwise repeating lines of the music or scenes from the movie won’t shut off in my head all night.)
Your reason for tossing and turning at night may be different than mine. For many of us, worries and concerns we’ve been pushing aside finally get their time to play out on the stage of our minds without distraction at night. Then we get anxious about not sleeping, which only makes it harder to sleep the next night. Anxiety releases adrenaline which prompts body and mind into action—the opposite of what we need for sleeping. It’s a catch-22. But the result is usually the same. You are foggy or exhausted the next day. Maybe you keep yourself alert with coffee, sugar or other stimulants, but then you crash and drag around. Many of us have tried a lot of the remedies and still often find ourselves lying awake a good part of the night. What are we to do?
Stay tuned — Tips are Next