A Few Tips for Restorative Sleep

A Few Tips for Restorative Sleep
I know I’ve already tackled the sleep dilemma in a previous column, but once again I am experiencing serious issues getting to sleep. My earlier suggestions aren’t working. I really need to get restorative sleep because it is affecting my health. But how do I get it? I feel like I’ve tried everything! Being sleep-deprived is detrimental to your health and can be downright dangerous. Lack of sleep can cause serious health problems and accidents, so getting the proper rest is imperative. Not getting enough rest makes you run down. You become more susceptible to colds and other airborne illnesses. I never get just a cold, I also get sinus infections that last for weeks. Pneumonia is another frequent visitor at my house. Sleep deprivation also affects your mood. Anger and depression are symptoms. I notice that I get mad when I normally wouldn’t. Every little thing ticks me off. I tend to get snippy and have a negative attitude. After dealing with yet another bout of pneumonia, I finally did some more research on the subject. I talked with my many doctors and healthcare practitioners, and they came up with a few more ideas to add to my previous list: Sleep in the nude! That may not work for some, but if you can, give it a try! Sleeping naked improves blood circulation, aids in weight loss, lowers your blood pressure, helps you maintain a lower body temperature (which could help with night sweats), and boosts your immune system. Lower the temperature in the bedroom. Somewhere between 60 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit should do the trick. Your body temperature actually decreases when it begins the sleep process. Sleeping in a cooler bedroom can help initialize sleep and decrease restlessness. Who isn’t for that? Essential oils: A spritz of lave
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  1. Terry says:

    I had a sleep study as my B/P was out of control and my diabetes numbers were up to 300 and over!
    Now that I’m using the sleep apnea machine both have come down a lot. My Dr., said instead of having the obstructive kind… my brain forgets to tell my body to breathe. He also said that some people when they go to sleep and die in their sleep it is why they don’t wake up! My mind is also clearer because before the machine I was so so tired that I could barely function! And the deep tissue/ muscle pain is better also!

  2. RD says:

    I drink a cup of hot honey vanilla chamomile tea 30 minutes before going to bed. You can also use a heating pad on your upper back that targets your neck and shoulder muscles (that stay extremely tight) before going to bed. And I also keep a pen and pad on my nightstand, if something pops into my head important I write it down so not to forget then I can close my eyes and try to go back to sleep knowing I will see it in the morning. Hope these ideas help. Don’t give up don’t give in and don’t surrender. Keep fighting my fibro friends!

  3. Shary Kraft says:

    I have struggled with sleep for many years. I started using a cranial electrotherapy stimulator 5-6 mornings a week for 1 hour at its lowest setting. My sleep has improved immensely. My Fibro pain has also eased. The fight or flight response in my brain has also improved. You do need a prescription for the device in the US. My Chiropractor prescribed it for me. You can check out the website alpha-stim.com to read their studies and get more information. I have been using the device for about 5 months now and it has been a life saver for me.

  4. Omuley Katz says:

    I started going to a Salt Therapy Room. It is amazing for sinus and breathing issues. It also helps skin conditions. I did not know that it would improve my ability to sleep. With good sleep my other symptoms have been reduced so that I no longer need to constantly take ibuprofen.

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