Sleep - what are some signs that were not getting enough of it? What are some strategies to improve our sleep quality and quantity?
Good afternoon everyone. We spoke about sleep a few weeks ago and I've had a couple requests to continue with that conversation. Please feel free to chime in with any questions or comments you may have
Sometimes we feel sleep deprived when we don't get enough sleep, but sometimes we're not quite sure. What are some signs that we're not getting enough of it? *Irritability *Impulsiveness *Excessive hunger *Weight gain *Memory loss *Indecisiveness *Off balance *Lack of coordination *Emotional *Sickness and poor health including trouble with vision skin irritations Amazing the lack of sleep can have such detrimental effects, don't you agree?
Aww that might explain my memory problems.
How can we get more restful sleep? *Take at least one hour before bed to wind down. Start by preparing for the next day, then wash up and get comfortable, and last spend at least 20 minutes doing some type of very quiet activity that you find soothing, such as reading meditation, etc. Avoid conversations, television programs, social media that might get you wound up.
My husband and I both fall asleep watching tv
Sleep is always an issue for me. I get home from work between 8pm and 11pm and feel under pressure to get to sleep as fast as possible, as I have to up for work again in the morning. I can’t get into any kind of routine
Tip#2- find a regular routine. Having the same bedtime and wake up time everyday helps the body to regulate it's internal clock.
We do have a routine. Maybe my symptoms are due to my age.
Tip#3 - although it is not good to eat a heavy meal for snacks before you go to bed, going to bed hungry is not a good idea either as you're hunger May wake you up in the middle of the night. Eating a small healthy snack such as a yogurt, or a couple whole grain crackers or a piece of fruit with peanut butter
A few tips that work wonders, and I've mentioned them before, include *Physical exercise - it's much easier to get a restful night sleep when you're physically tired. *Green exercise in particular, or exercise in the outdoors, is particularly beneficial if you live in an area that allows that. *Deep breathing exercises, yoga and meditation help to quiet the mind and the body and have proven to be very beneficial *Make a to do list before bed so that your mind is not running wild thinking about things you have to take care of the next day
Making a list helps my memory.
It’s hard though, because sometimes I only have six hours between walking in the door, until I have to be up for work again
Oh that is hard!