Lack of Sleep

to sleep ~ to sleep ~ perchance to dream

Some of us may believe that we suffer from insomnia and resort to taking powerful prescription sleeping pills before bedtime.  Others may believe that they just can’t sleep unless they’ve had a few alcoholic drinks at bedtime.  Some of us may suffer from restlessness, nightmares, night sweats, or night terrors.  And then, some of us just know that we never get a good night’s sleep.

Let me tell you that if you really don’t sleep at all then bad things will happen to you; confusion, hallucinations, lack of concentration, memory loss, mood swings, physical illness, and then you will die.  About 10 or 11 days without any sleep at all will kill you.

Rest and sleep are a vital part of a life that is filled with health, vitality, and well-being ~ and here are some things that will help you to have enough restful sleep;

  • Get some fresh air and exercise during the day.  Try walking 10,000 steps a day, mostly outside.
  • Don’t use social media, for about an hour before bedtime.  Try to leave the day behind you well before you retire for the evening.
  • Don’t eat very much for about an hour before bedtime.
  • Don’t drink too much booze, especially just before you go to bed.  If you are buzzed, then you can forget having a good night’s sleep.
  • Have your bedroom dark, quiet, and fairly cool ~ if you’re sweating at night, either you’ve been drinking or your bedroom is too warm.
  • Don’t let your pet into the bedroom, especially don’t let your pet on your bed.
  • Go to bed at about the same time every night, and get out of bed at about the same time every morning. And, never, ever hit the snooze button on your alarm.

Mostly if you can’t sleep it’s one of 2 things; not enough fresh air and exercise during the day, too much booze.

Or, you could think you’re in love, or you’re worried about something.  If that’s the case, leave those disturbing thoughts and feelings until tomorrow.

Whatever you do, avoid taking sleeping tablets because they will ruin your whole life.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

to relax myself to sleep

I listen to my breathing and imagine gentle waves on a pleasant beach

6 responses

    1. Thank you my magical mermaid. ❤

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  1. These are some great tips! I find that worrying about sleep can make me have problems sleeping. LOL. It’s like a catch 22. The more I worry, the less likely I am to fall asleep. Grrr!!!!

    I have bipolar disorder, and insomnia (especially during depressive episodes) SUCKS!!!! It’s kind of part and parcel with this disorder. Ergo, I have tried many different methods to try to get to and stay asleep. In the past, melatonin was very effective. Currently, I am using a generic Tylenol PM with diphenhydramine (Benadryl essentially), and it has been working very well. Sometimes when I’m particularly stressed out, I will do breathing exercises too or meditate.

    Oh, and don’t take naps during the day!!!!

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    1. It is Catch-22. (BTW that’s a great movie.)
      Worrying about not falling asleep can prevent you from falling asleep.
      Bipolar sucks. I used to suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder and some of the symptoms mimic bipolar. Obviously they stuck me with everything from Prozac to a heavy opiate. These days I take some vitamin pills, and that is all.
      For me, your breathing exercises and meditation should become part of your nightly routine.
      Much love.
      Jack ❤ ❤ ❤

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  2. I can’t sleep without Amber in bed (although she takes up over half of it)

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    1. OK, I’ll allow you that one. ❤ 😉

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