24 ways to get the rest you need.
People in recovery often have a bad time adjusting their sleep habits. No sleep, insomnia, interrupted sleep, early wakening and day time drowsiness.
This article from Readers Digest may help.
Blessed sleep — the holy grail of health. Lack of sleep can send your blood sugar levels skyrocketing, contribute to weight gain, lead to depression, put you at risk for diabetes, and cause brain damage.
Since we’re all in agreement that a good night’s sleep is one of the best things you can do for your health and mood, pick three of these tips to follow each night until you get the night’s sleep you so desperately crave.
The article has 24 hints that you can choose from. If your 3 don’t work try others or a different combination. The hints are;
- Create a transition routine.
- Figure out your body cycle.
- Sprinkle just-washed sheets and pillowcases with lavender water
- Hide your clock under your bed or on the bottom shelf
- Switch your pillow
- Choose the right pillow.
- Switch to heavier curtains over the windows, and use them
- Clean your bedroom and paint it a soothing sage green
- Move your bed away from any outside walls
- Tuck a hot-water bottle between your feet or wear a pair of ski socks to bed
- Kick your dog or cat out of your bedroom
- Sleep alone.
- Take a combination supplement with 600 mg calcium and 300 mg magnesium before bed
- Eat a handful of walnuts before bed
- Munch a banana before bed
- Drink water before bed, not fruit juice
- Take antacids right after dinner, not before bed
- Listen to a book on tape while you fall asleep
- Simmer three to four large lettuce leaves in a cup of water
- Give yourself a massage
- Take a hot bath 90 to 120 minutes before bedtime
- Use eucalyptus for a muscle rub
- Spend 10 minutes journaling the day’s events or feelings
- Keep a notepad at your bedside along with a gentle night-light and pen
Also, alcohol will not help your quality of sleep. It may knock you out but sleep will be restless and disturbed.
If you’re tired of feeling like you’re not at your best or like you’re not getting the sleep you need, then it’s time to take action!
Full story at Readers Digest