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Insomnia is Terrible
Some of us are very lucky, we go to bed, fall asleep right away, sleep very soundly, and wake up feeling alert and rested. The rest of you may not be quite so fortunate. You may have trouble falling asleep, have troubled thoughts before you sleep, and you may need to get up several times in the night to go to the bathroom. You may have troubled dreams, night cramps, night sweats, nightmares, night terrors, and when you wake you may feel terrible and take a good long while to become fully alert.
I thought calming thoughts and visualized serene places. Eventually I found myself drifting along the frenetic edges of my mind. The sandman was nowhere to be found, as I slipped further away from sleep. ~ Jaeda DeWalt.
On the very few occasions I do something stupid, such as drink
booze coffee late at night, have a late night snack, or use social media in bed, then I too have a restless night and think weird thoughts. You know what? It’s never a good idea to have that late night snack. Late night snacks will not only keep you awake, they’ll also make you fat and ruin your digestive system. The kind of crap we eat late at night most likely destroys the good bacteria in our gut, and it’s vital that you look after the bacteria in your gut.
Another reason you may have restless nights, and always feel tired and lethargic, is that your bedroom could be keeping you awake. If your bedroom is untidy, if there’s clutter everywhere, if you routinely leave your clothes on the bed, (or on the floor), or if you allow pets in the bedroom, then you have little chance of having a good night’s sleep.
Some of us, in the past myself included, will resort to a couple of drinks before we go to bed, in the mistaken belief that will help us sleep. Alcohol induced sleep is not good sleep. Not only that, drinking regularly before you go to bed is a long step on the path to becoming a boozer / problem drinker / alcoholic. A couple of drinks, once in a while, is pretty nice, ….coffee and red wine are both good for you ~ in moderation, but too much booze will kill you.
Personally, these days I don’t drink at all, and I feel much better for never touching booze ~ being sober has a myriad of health benefits. You should know that if you, or anyone else, has ever thought or said that you might be drinking a little too much, then you’re already a real boozer.
So how do promote a good night’s sleep? How do you lose those bad thoughts late at night? How do you avoid the bad dreams, nightmares, night sweats, night cramps, and all the lying awake through the night? How do you lose the fear?
Well, it’s not just about going to bed at the same time every night, and getting up at the same time every morning, (although that helps a lot). To have a restful night, to lose the evil that plagues you, to lose the fear, you will have to change your whole life around.
There are a million blog posts, self-help books, inspirational speakers, and people offering spiritual guidance ~ personally I wouldn’t touch most of them with your ten-foot pole. But for what it’s worth, here are some of the things my old granny used to say to me, if I complained of bad thoughts late at night and not being able to sleep.
- Get plenty of sunlight, fresh air, and exercise during the day. Walking 10,000 steps a day is good for you, (Dr. Mercola says so). And, taking a walk cuts the risk of an early death.
- Get rid of all the crap and clutter in your bedroom and bathroom. Clutter is bad for your health.
- Don’t eat anything, or drink coffee or booze for at least an hour before you retire.
- Cut down on your overall alcohol consumption, alcohol can kill you.
- Lose your addictions. All addictions are bad; booze, food, gambling, promiscuity, shopping, social media… All addicts suffer from disturbed sleep patterns.
- Lose weight and get fitter. If you are unfit and / or overweight, then you will suffer from all kinds of disturbed sleep and insomnia.
- Sort out your toxic, failing, and failed relationships, (including at work).
- Make time for yourself ~ to be just on your own and at peace it’s vital that you have time and space for yourself.
Probably the worst things you can do at late at night are; drinking, smoking, eating, using social media, and having long telephone conversations. And yet, so many
of us you people do all of those things, late, every single night.
Listen to the advice your grandmother would have given you; go to bed early, turn off the light, and go to sleep.
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