Sleep, Sleep …Beautiful Sleep!
I almost admire people who put their heads down and just sleep! It is vital for good health but with most of us bordering older ages, menopause and/or stressed out of our minds, this is the one area where we fail ourselves miserably, un-intentionally, but we just do!
If you don’t sleep enough, you will die. This happens literally in a condition known as ‘fatal familial insomnia’, where increasing insomnia leads to death, usually in less than a year. Sleeping too little has serious negative health effects, some of which include:
- Increased risk of heart disease
- Increase in inflammation
- Reduced performance of general tasks
- Development of diabetes or pre-diabetes
- Premature aging
Making sleep a priority should be first on our list and, I have found, should not be avoided at first signs that all is not well. Not everybody needs exactly 8 hours a day but your body will teach you what it needs and this is a simple rule of thumb that you must try and find and stick to. Children that are not moulded with good sleeping patterns at a young age are the ones who usually have the most problems later in life! The reasons simple: Lack of regular bedtime and regular waking times are not being managed soonest. If children are having sleeping difficulties, create a bedtime routine that starts about an hour before they try to fall asleep. Some advice for young and old:
Have a bath or a hot shower to relax yourself.
- Bath in dim light; use candles to light your bathroom and bedroom.
- Add a tablespoon of Epsom Salts to your bath water; magnesium to the rescue.
- Don’t exercise too late.
- A banana and glass of milk have been known to do miracles before bedtime although eating before bedtime is not advised.
- No Electronic Devices.
- Watching TV will also damage sleep patterns, especially late at night. And of course what you watch matters!
- Dim the lights! The dimmer the light before you go to bed the better you will sleep.
- Keep your room cool; the warmer the room, the harder it will be to sleep through the night
- Doing a little exercise every day helps.
- Avoid at all costs, sleeping pills. They are very damaging to your health.
- Lavender, Camomile drops or vapour drops on bedding might help. There are those available to children as well.
- Read a little before bedtime.
- Soft music might help.
- Spend time in Spiritual mode to bring healthy brain rhythms into place before bedtime.
- No drinking before bedtime.
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