So many have this problem. Coming home from a hard day at work, spending time with the family before dinner, then some talk and tidying up and finally going up for bed. Only it doesn’t result in your having a peaceful rest. Instead you toss and turn, stare at the ceiling and then after losing that drowsy feeling you’re up looking for the opportunity to get some rest.
Is this you? Are you finding yourself wishing you could get some Shuteye so you can perform to your best ability at work in the morning. Or tomorrow you take care of the grand kids. They’re coming early and you have to be awake, ready for anything so helter-skelter doesn’t occur while you’re not totally there for your young, busy visitors.
You’ve got to get some zzzz’s. You know that the benefits if sleep are numerous as outlined by ‘Shaw Stevenson’ in “Strategies To Sleep And Ways To Better Body, Better Health And Better Success.” Sleep Smarter.
BENEFITS OF SLEEP:
-Stave of disease
-Improve functions of body and mind
STRATEGIES OF BETTER SLEEP:CIRCADIAN
-How to create the ideal sleep sanctuary
-Hack sunlight to regulate your Circadian rhythm’s
-Clinically proven sleep nutrients and supplements
-Stress reducing exercise
As outlined in AARP Bulletin, (May 2017, Vol. 58) More than
half of Americans are waking up too early and not returning once woken. This can impair brain function, Global Council on Brain Health. They suggest seven to eight hours of sleep each night for cognitive function as we age. Too little rest can lead to depression and ultimately dementia. There’s no truth to the myth that as you age you need less sleep. Poor quality sleep habits with age are not normal and with lifestyle changes can be improved. This according to Sarah Lock, executive director of the council and senior vice president at AARP.
TIPS FOR IMPROVING SLEEP
-Don’t take long naps. 30 minutes, afternoons only
-Try a warm bath and socks. Bathing before bed and socks to ward off cold will aid in sleep.
-Avoid too much discussion. Before bed limit politics, finances and other like topics.
Well we’ve heard from the experts, but I just know that what I’ve gathered from here and there works very well too. Like eating these before bed:
Then there are supplements such as magnesium and Valerian Root. Did you know your allergy medicine, Benadryl contains the same ingredient, Diphenhydramine HCI, found in over the counter sleep medications?
Then there are my favorite sleep patch-it. They’re like the foot detox pads you place on your feet before retiring at night. I absolutely love these. They’re completely natural, made of a blend of essential oils. But they do detox while putting you asleep. I cringe at seeing my reserves of vitamin E escape because I can’t get to sleep. But if you revolve these methods just may be you can get away with their occasional use.
My only problem comes when I’m out of all my sleep remedies, when I have a visitation from one of the local pests in the area or I work up until dawn and still can’t get to sleep. Then all bets are off. But that’s really extreme, wouldn’t you say? Sleep well!
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