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Could you have sleep stress? Many people are either too stressed to sleep well or reacting more strongly to stress sources because they aren’t getting enough sleep. Poor sleep or the wrong amount can make you cranky and cause you to gain weight! It’s true: good sleep combats the stress hormone, cortisol, which can cause us to gain weight.
How much sleep is right for you? 7-8 hours is typical, but experiment: some people only need 5 or 6 hours a night. A client of mine recently realized that was her only problem with a “sleep disorder” : she needed to stop trying to sleep 7 hours! Also, as women go through menopause, it’s normal to be wakeful at odd hours. People over 60 often need a different amount of sleep, either more or less. Naps can be very refreshing for some. Try different patterns to find out what works for you. And lying quietly, restfully, is 80% as restful as the deepest sleep. So if you’re not sleeping when you should be, relax and try reading a novel that makes you feel good.
John Steinbeck said:
It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.
There are a number of causes for poor sleep. Some are: clutter in the room causing energy disruption, electronics left on and giving off EMF, clutter under the bed causing bad dreams, dust in the room or linens, stressful thoughts, neighbor noise, pain, acidosis, hormone fluctuations, overeating, undereating, and intake of sugar or alcohol before bedtime.
Simple solutions may take care of your sleep disruption. Do what you can to address the causes above. If one of your issues is the busy brain that won’t stop working the issues, put a paper and pen, or an iPad or equivalent, on your bedside table. When stressed thoughts or to-do’s race around your mind, take a minute to write down your stressful thought/s, then release that issue to be dealt with in the morning. Get a tap-control lamp so you can most easily turn it on and off.
Popular solutions will not necessarily be for everyone. Most people think they should take a sleeping pill. Discuss those options with your doctor. Meanwhile, try taking valerian capsules, or drinking a milky drink, chamomile tea, or mint tea. The popular OTC solution is diphenhydramine (Benadryl), which makes you tired and also covers allergic sleep disruption. If you have pain as well, you can try the PM version of your analgesic, which probably contains diphenhydramine. There is also an aerosol homeopathic, available in most health food stores: Rescue Sleep. And unlike diphenhydramine, it won’t make you tired in the morning.
Try these helps that few people think of. Ask yourself if your mattress is too firm or too soft; go shopping for a new one if you need to. Make sure your bedclothes were laundered today or within the last few days (clears the dust, allergens, odors, and energy). Have the room cool. Set a routine and run it in the same time frame every day, as your body loves homeostasis. Turn off the TV and especially the news, an hour ahead. Do mild exercise, like slow yoga stretches, for 20 minutes. Five minutes will help! Just before going to sleep, read something irrelevant and irreverent, a novel, or calming inspirational material from your faith background.
The Dalai Lama has said:
Sleep is the best meditation.
To beat sleep stress, you don’t need to adjust all these factors in one day, or even one week. Tweak a couple of items each day until you get the combination that gives you truly refreshing sleep. When you’re waking up refreshed, optimistic, and ready for the day.
And that will be you, increasingly Healthy Happy and Loving Lifesm!
Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert, holistic healer, and award-winning author who celebrates life. She has a longtime natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. Among her books are: Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire, and Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. The books are available on Amazon and through Kebba’s office. To email us, firstname.lastname@example.org .