Getting Your Rest Part 1

Getting Your Rest Part 1

It has become a never-ending battle: your quest to get a solid night’s sleep.

At first, it happened every once in a while, after a particularly stressful day. But now sleeplessness plagues you at least four or five nights a week. What’s worse is that you are finding it more and more difficult to function properly during daylight hours.

Chronic insomnia should always be checked out professionally for signs of obstructive sleep apnea, in which breathing problems repeatedly wake you up during the night (even if you don’t remember these episodes during the day). But you should also reevaluate how you approach getting to sleep—and whether or not natural aids can help you finally find dreamland.

Forming Good Habits

Your efforts to sleep more soundly need to begin long before bedtime.

Those endeavors begin in the kitchen, where you should eliminate caffeine sources, including chocolate, starting in the afternoon; actually, it’s a good idea to forego all forms of sugar. Instead, snack on cherries, bananas and walnuts, which contain sleep-promoting substances.

Reduce your consumption of alcohol. It may make you feel sleepy but can cause you to wake up in the wee hours. And while regular exercise helps with sleep problems, you should avoid strenuous activity at night.

Next up is the bedroom, which should be dark and cool at night. Get a good mattress and rotate it regularly, and keep clean bedsheets on it. Consider replacing your pillow every year. What’s more, turn off your devices, including the TV, for at least an hour or two before bedtime (which should be about the same time every night).

Please visit our website for more information on this and other great health topics. Remember this article is for information only. Do not make any changes in your diet or lifestyle without first consulting with your preventive health care provider. We always pray for your prosperity and health, 3 John 2, blessings, Donna.

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