Personal Sleep Challenge that lead me to Sleep Hacks
Do you ever feel like pulling the blanket over your head and sleeping , especially in the winter when the weather is dull, and getting out is difficult.
I have a confession to make. I wasn’t always interested in taking care of my health. I really didn’t think much about it until my body and mind began to fall apart. What caused that? My life was falling apart, so I had a huge amount of stress. Sound familiar to anyone? Sleeping was impossible. I was lucky if I got 3 hours of sleep a night. But to tell you the truth, I didn’t believe that there were any answers to my problems. I’d just have to live with these sleepless nights. So I empathize with anyone thinking that right now. I had no interest in taking nutritionals or even studying about them. Forget about drinking water….I hated the taste of it! I was curious about energy, but I was far from being a health nut.
Beginning My Journey
As I began my journey into a life of discovering my purpose and passion, I first started with a basic look at myself and what was happening in my life. It was the early 90’s and I was a mess due to some traumatic life experiences. This led to very little sleep and a very high stress level. My mind kept running in circles and although I had been a pretty positive person, the chatter was negative and fear based. What was I going to do with my life? Now I was on a very different trajectory than I had planned. I didn’t know at that time that what happened had been the biggest gift that I had ever received.
Lack of Sleep was Robbing Me
Although I began taking courses of self empowerment as a woman, the first thing that I had to look at seriously was my health. I felt like a very old 46 year old. I never realized that the lack of sleep was robbing me of my health and youthfulness. Because of my sleep challenges and recovery, I am passionate about helping people realize the importance of sleep.
The Importance of Sleep:
Why is sleep important? Here’s a few reasons;
Jim Kwik who is an expert in Speed Reading, Memory and Brain Performance Training says:
- During sleep the metabolic waste in our brains is cleared. That is important because without clearing the metabolic waste, it can lead to Dementia and Alzheimers….a huge concern for many.
- Memory is a concern and with sleep short term memories are turned into long term memories. (that may explain why I don’t have many memories from the years when I was getting only 3 or 4 hours of sleep a night).
- Dreaming is important because when we sleep and dream, which is very healthy and occurs at certain levels of sleep, new solutions and ideas are generated. Do you have problems you’d like to solve? A good sleep and dream can help.
Simple Steps To Getting a Better Night’s Sleep
What are some simple steps that can help you begin to get that sleep that you so desperately seek and need.
- Keep a regular sleeping schedule. I am finally gong to bed earlier and being consistent, which makes a big difference. I use to let certain TV shows dictate my schedule! How silly! That’s why we have PVR!
- Cut the Caffeine during the day. If you love you caffeinated coffee, stop drinking it by 3 in the afternoon.
- Keep your bedroom for sleep and sex! Keep work and the smart phone, computer and TV out of the bedroom.
- This one is very important and many people resist doing this….shut off electronics at least an hour before bed. There’s been many studies on this and the harmful light that is being emitted that interrupts the melantonin production needed for sleep.
- Make sure your bedroom is DARK….no light. even light from a clock can disturb your circadium rhythm. If you don’t have dark curtains try this great Sleep Mask. goo.gl/Sda34C
5 More Sleep Hacks
- When you make your bed in the morning, believe it of not, it makes it more inviting and comfortable for you at night to go to bed.
- What makes you happy and brings you warm and happy feeling? Whatever those thoughts are….think them as you are falling to sleep at night.
- Do the 4-7-8….even if you do a different combination, it works! I was doing 7-4-8 and kept yawning into a peaceful sleep a)Breathe in through your nose for 4. b) Hold your breath for 7. c) Slowly breath out through your mouth for 8. d) Repeat this process until you fall asleep. According to Dr Andrew Weil, this technique acts like a natural tranquilizer by slowing down your heart rate. “Unlike sleep medications, which often lose effectiveness over time, four-seven-eight breathing is subtle at first but gains power with practice.” In other words, the more you do it, the better it works. So, what are you waiting for?
- Exercise your Body and Mind. Some kind of physical exertion every day is important to ready you for sleep – 20 to 25 minutes is enough. But don’t do it within three hours of going to bed, as it will keep your body temperature too high to sleep. I love walking whether outside or doing an in home walking routine.
- Before laying your head down on your comfy pillow, write out your ‘things to be done tomorrow’ list. According to a sleep study at Bayler University, those who did this had a better night’s sleep.
Because of my previous sleep challenges and the solutions that I found, I like to keep updated on some breakthrough technologies that can assure you that you can get up feeling alert and well rested in the morning.
My Road to a Healthier Life Through Sleep
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Wishing you a Happy, Healthy Deep Sleep!
Your Healthy Life Extension Specialists,
Wynter and Bob