Tiffany FiteAuthor
17 May
Sleep - what are some signs that were not getting enough of it? What are some strategies to improve our sleep quality and quantity?
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
17 May
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
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ChestnutHelper
17 May
Hi Tiffany
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
17 May
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?
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ChestnutHelper
17 May
Aww that might explain my memory problems.
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
17 May
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.
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ChestnutHelper
17 May
My husband and I both fall asleep watching tv
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Fox
17 May
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
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
17 May
Hi Becca
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
17 May
Tip#2- find a regular routine. Having the same bedtime and wake up time everyday helps the body to regulate it's internal clock.
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ChestnutHelper
17 May
We do have a routine. Maybe my symptoms are due to my age.
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
17 May
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
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
17 May
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
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ChestnutHelper
17 May
Making a list helps my memory.
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Fox
17 May
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
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Tiffany FiteAuthor
17 May
Oh that is hard!
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