So here it is again. 2:00 AM and I’m still wide awake. I would really like to say that I have my “sleeping habits” under control, but obviously I don’t. I went to bed at a normal hour the night before last, because I had a wonderful day, I was tired by 10:00 PM, and I was excited because I was going to be able to watch my youngest grandchild; Jaxon.
Well, I woke up with a TERRIBLE headache. I’m not sure if it was because of Lupus, or because I was in such a deep sleep, or if it was because I was so excited about seeing tater-tot. But as soon as my feet hit the floor, all I could do was cringe from the thumping in my head. So, I went into my kitchen, made some coffee and threw back a few aspirin. About an hour later, my headache eased over to the right side of my brain. This is NOT good. This is a sign of a migraine in my near future. Well, my daughter-n-law dropped Jax off in the afternoon, and I thought I’d be able to keep it at bay. I couldn’t. It got worse and worse. My hopes of him spending the night crashed. (Err)
Jen picked him up at around 4:30, and I went to bed straight-away. I didn’t wake up until around 7PM, and by 8PM I was out of bed as if starting my day anew. (A roll of my eyes to say the least).
At the moment, I’m sitting here listening to my meditation music (Native American Flutes), while trying to calm my being back into sleep mode. So far, it’s not working. I’m more relaxed, but I don’t think sleep is in my near future.
I’ve concluded that I’m now nocturnal. Lol.
I’ve always been a night person, so that’s ok with me. The problem I have with this is my hubs is home recovering from major back surgery. From the looks of it, he probably won’t be returning to work until early June. So, my third shift schedule sucks for me right now. Many of our daytime hours I’m sleeping and recuperating, while he’s out in the family room watching TV. Sometimes I think I’m seeing him less now than I did when he was working!
So, my topic tonight is A Roll of the Eyes…
Right when I think I’m getting a handle on things, another issue (with me) rises to the surface. So, I’m not going to fight my natural cycle right now. I need to allow my body to rest when it’s demanding rest… which means I’m switching things up. On the nights I find myself up the entire night, I’m going to proceed with my normal daytime routines. I’ll do my yoga at night, and my meditation. If that doesn’t kick me into sleep mode, I’ll follow through with some healthy habits to get my body and brain ready for sleep.
I wanted to share these ideas with you, in hopes that they will help you also. For the healthy person, a good quality 7-hour sleep period is needed. For me? That’s a laugh. I struggle from severe pain, and fatigue. But because of the pain, it’s hard to get the quality sleep I need. So, it’s usually 3 hours here, 4 hours there. If I do dive into a solid 7-hour sleep, it usually means I’ll be suffering from a headache the next day. Very sad, I know.
Regardless, here are some habit’s that I plan on incorporating:
- Stick to a sleep schedule. This is very hard for me, as stated above. But for the healthy person, I believe this should be a rule. And, I am hoping that once I get these other sleeping tips down, I may actually be able to come up with a normal sleep schedule. Fingers crossed.
- Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual: Your choice. For me it’s going to be a nice warm bath with Epsom salts (to help with my physical pain), and then a book of choice on my kindle, (in bed, with my lights turned down or off).
- For the healthy person? Avoid naps. I may try this myself, but I’m a little scared. For me it’s very important I listen to my body and sleep when I need to, because if I don’t my immune system shuts down.
- Exercise daily: The National Sleep Foundation says that vigorous exercise is best, but that light exercise is better than no exercise. For me it’s yoga, short walks, and stretching. That’s all my bod can handle right now. But if you can do something more vigorous, then that is better for sleep. Don’t exercise right before bed though. The latest you should exercise is 2-3 hours “before” your scheduled bedtime.
- Create the perfect sleep environment a must for me is to have my bedroom cool, and I like ours at around 63 degrees. Hubs and I can’t sleep well if the room is too hot. Also, The National Sleep Foundation says that your bedroom should be free of any noise and of any light. I need to clue Hubs in on this since he “has” to listen to the TV to sleep, which is noisy and cast a light in our room. (Insert another eye-roll). They also suggest blackout curtains, eye shades (which I use), humidifiers, ear-plugs, “white noise machines”, fans and other devices. All in all,… we just need to make our bedrooms our sanctuary. A place where the minute we walk into our room, we feel at peace. Another thing I enjoy having is my lavender spray my sissy made me. And I also put lavender essential oil in my burner.
- Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows: Get a new one if you can afford one. If not, it may be time for a new mattress pad… anything to add comfort. As for me, I’m still searching for the perfect pillow. I’ve bought about 10 different ones, and I hate them all. My neck hurts so badly… between my erratic sleep patterns, my pillow, and my neck? I think I have an understanding as to why I suffer from migraines so badly.
- Ease into sleep. “Setting aside a little time before bed for relaxation can help you transition into sleep. Try deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, gentle stretching or guided imagery to help focus your attention away from worries and into the present. If your busy mind keeps you awake, jot down your thoughts in a journal or on a pad of paper by your bed.” (Mayo Clinic)
- Make a conscious effort to cut back on disruptive foods and beverages at night, such as rich and heavy meals, alcohol, coffee, caffeinated tea, and chocolate. (Mayo Clinic)
That’s it for tonight (or morning), my friends.
God bless each and every one of you, and I’m praying you are all having a better night’s rest than me.