Are You Getting Enough Zzzz?
Did you know sleep deprivation overtime can put you at risk for disease?
There are many times in our life when we are juggling sleep over life's challenges. For myself, the hardest time was when I was a young mother. I had my own calligraphy business. I worked from home while raising two children. I was constantly on deadlines. I was trying to keep up with being a wife, mother and business owner. I couldn't turn it off until it inevitably caught up to me.
Our bodies are like an engine. We reach a point where we are in overdrive and we can no longer function.
College students suffer from sleep deprivation because they are adjusting to their new schedule and the freedom of being on their own. We can't keep the candle burning at both ends without paying the price!
As we age, we face other obstacles. Being a caregiver is one that causes mental exhaustion and sleep deprivation. It's so exhausting when you are advocating for a loved one. We tend to put our health at the bottom of the list.
We also experience more awakenings in the night, hot flashes, repeated bathroom trips, acid reflux and the list is endless.
Now, add to the mix the stimulation from our electronic devices. It's hard to turn off the noise. Think about what is keeping you up at night.
Here are a few tips:
1. Don't eat 3 hours before bedtime. Our bodies need time to digest for a better night sleep. If you suffer from acid reflux this will help.
2. Limit your caffeine intake during the day.
3. How much liquid are you drinking before bedtime?
4. Leave your cell phone in another room. You won't be tempted to check it if it's not on the bedside table.
5. How do you relax before bedtime?
6. Do you sleep with your pet?
7. Are your surroundings quiet?
8. Is the temperature in your home comfortable? You may need to adjust your thermostat for better sleep quality.
9. Does your partner wake you up throughout the night? Do they snore?
If you find yourself going to sleep feeling anxious or unsettled, think about which relaxation techniques may help you. Take a look at your room. Is it quiet? Dark? Are your pillows comfortable?
Lastly, journaling before you go to sleep is a great way to put any negative feelings you have to paper. This exercise helped me release emotions from the day and put them to rest for a better night sleep.