|We Don’t Get Enough Sleep
Most of us don’t get enough sleep. I’ve heard people say they get 4 to 6 hours a night and think that is ok. The truth is it’s not ok. In sleep, the body is repairing itself. You need 8 hours. Not getting enough sleep leaves you susceptible to many illnesses.
After a long day, we can’t wait to plop down on our nice, fluffy pillows and think , just like that because we are so sleepy, we will sleep like the dead but just the opposite happens. It is the one time we actually stop moving and that is when the thoughts rush in. There are a few steps to ensure a good night’s rest.
Establish a routine. Go to bed at around the same time every day. Your body takes cues from you.
Start winding down a half hour before you plan to sleep. Practice meditative or deep breathing techniques.
Your bedroom should be about two things. Sleep and Sex. Keep electronic devices out. The light they emit will interrupt sleep.
It is also possible that you have a sleep disorder. Many Adults and Children do. In many cases, you don’t even know.
We all made fun of my grandmother and called her “The Night Stalker”. All night you would find her sitting in a chair or roaming the house. I became her. I originally thought it was a remnant left over from Motherhood. When you have kids you kind of sleep with one eye open. I could hear them move from the next room. Years after they’d grown, I still awoke around four times a night. What I found out surprised me.
I have Sleep Apnea. One night my husband was awake when I was sleeping and I scared the crap out of him by waking up with a gasp. He said it was like I couldn’t breathe.
Sleep Apnea is when you have pauses in your sleep or gasps. It can happen many times in an hour or night. It means you don’t sleep deeply and often feel very tired during the day. Essentially what happens is,your airways become blocked during sleep. You can’t diagnose Sleep Apnea with a blood test. Only with a sleep study.
This condition can be caused by many things. Extra weight, Enlarged Tonsils, Allergies, A dental overbite. I believe stress also plays a role.
Sleep Apnea is often treated with a Continuous Airway Device, A mask which gently blows air into your airways while you sleep. It is also suggested to sleep with your head raised at least four inches.
- Lose Weight
- Limit Alcohol And Medicine
- Limit Caffeine
Probably the most common Sleep Disorder is Insomnia. All of us have had nights we just can’t fall asleep. For many it is more serious than that. I believe women more than men tend to live with this disorder. We lay down and 200 things are swirling in front in our minds eye. I think it is directly related to stress and is a great reason for a routine and initiating relaxation meditation and exercises.
Many use sleeping pills as an aid however, they can be very addictive. Melatonin and Valerian are Herbal Supplements that have proved helpful. Avoid late meals as well.
Knowing when you’re kids are stressed is important to their health in so many ways. They tend to not be open about it either. Stress in children can lead to disorders such as Night Terrors,
Night terrors are caused by over-stimulation of the Central Nervous System. It can happen if your child is over-tired, in a strange or new environment or on a new medication. Night terrors are rare and only occur in 3 to 6% of children and typically disappear as they mature.
Night Terrors are more dramatic than nightmares. They are a sudden reaction to fear and why they may wake up gasping and thrashing about. They are more common in boys.
- Maintain a bedtime routine
- Deal with stress
- Get enough rest
Do you have trouble sleeping? Tell me your story.