Happy Friday my friends!
Well, this is perhaps what I should be asking you! I think it is one of those wonderful powers of Menopause, the problem of insomnia. I take meds to sleep, but would prefer other methods to try and that is why I wrote about it. Sleep is so important, Dr. Buxton, a neuroscientist, in the Division of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, says that sleep can be disrupted by both medical causes and environmental. If you have restless leg, or sleep apnea, it is best to see a physician for this type of sleep disorders. ” However, I feel the day to day, lack of sleep, often from worry, loud noises ( planes over head ( we have this) or excessive caffeine are some things we may be able to control. Making our living space very peaceful and comfortable is one way.
Isn’t if funny how the importance of sleep changes as we age. I remember going to parties, hanging out with friend, and not caring how much sleep I go when I’d come home at 1 or 2 am. Now, I CHERISH my sleep.
I also have the issue of the never-ending thought process. I, roll over, wishing a good night to my husband, only to think of everything I have going on in life.
- Trying lately to put these thoughts “to rest”, I have begun to check out CALM., an App you can get for your phone. There are many apps out there similar, but this one was brought to my attention by my mom. There are areas on “Mindfulness” to get you into the practice, certain sections of chosen music to help you relax, and ways to fall asleep
- Read a book. An interesting story, reading can help relax and therefore help with getting to sleep. It will take your mind away to somewhere else, other than your “to- do list.
- Chamomile Tea– Instead of that glass of vino at night, have a cup of chamomile tea. It has properties to make you sleepy and I always love a good cup of tea with honey. Avoid caffeine at night for obvious reasons. Chamomile tea is free of caffeine
- Journal– try writing down some of your thoughts in a daily journal, as to put those “ideas to rest.” You can then let them go, as opposed to dwelling on those same things and not getting to sleep. I have been journaling for years and find that it helps to put those thoughts on paper.
- Exercise.– This has worked well for me. I walk several miles each day and lift weights at home. Cardiovascular exercise helps you get a restful sleep.
- Breathable Pajamas. This is not a sponsored post. I just really needed some pjs that keep me cool. You have heard the song by Bruce Springsteen, “I’m On Fire” ? I think he wrote that about me! My hormones have effected my body temp as I am always hot, when 12 years ago I had to wear a jacket indoors to teach, as I was always cold. I’ve been happy with the Cool Nights pajamas by Soma. I bought this pair as I loved the lace trip and the long nightgown as well. This is a cute graphic t sleep shirt.
- Melatonin – I have spoken to several relatives that take this and find it quite effective. Your body naturally produces melatonin, and I would prefer to take this natural substance to sleep.
- Don’t eat too late at night. My hubby has an “iron gut” I am convinced, as he can eat anything late a night, where I try to have a light snack, if anything. I have GERD and I don’t need to be awakened because of stomach pain.
- Make sure your environment is calming. I always love calming colors and a relaxed environment. When we travel, you never know what the bed may feel like, I love our firm mattress and memory foam mattress topper. I know I get better sleep when I am comfortable and supported.
- Wear earplugs if your husband snores! ( kidding, kidding) or I should say, as I have 2 shih tzus, if your puppies snore!
- I some days will take a soothing bubble bath before bed, with some music.
Some of these things work better than others, but I would love to hear your thoughts on what works for you. How do you get the best night’s sleep?
Let me know in the comments section.
Have a great weekend!