Aug 6, 2008

Insomnia, Not the Movie, I'm Tired

If you haven't seen the 2002 movie, "Insomnia" starring Al Pacino and Robin Williams, and you like intense crime thriller type movies, it's a must see, but that's not what I'm here to write about.

Recently I've been experiencing some insomnia, and so when WebMD had an article on the subject it caught my eye. They had a lot of good information about how often many use sleeping aids, how your not supposed to use them for more than a certain period of time (I didn't know that). They shared that the key things that people have in common who don't get a good night's sleep are:

  • Health Problems
  • Family Concerns
  • Financial Concerns
  • Worry about Work
All of us experience these things at some point in our lives. Sometimes a few at a time, as our family did when my husband lost his job, got a new one and both of us lost a parent within a week of each other, and frankly, every day can bring a concern of it's own. Here are a few things that help me a lot:
  • Spiritually = Mentally - You must read the words of Jesus in Matthew 6, starting at about v. 25, but the rest is great too. They are so comforting if you have a relationship with God through Christ, and so many places in the Bible God reminds us he will provide all of our needs, maybe not everything we want, but definitely what we need if we trust in Him.
  • Physically - I've been busy, but not the kind of busy that gets me outside walking, getting enough physical exercise. I sleep SO much better after a day of physical exercise or labor.
  • Food - Of course it's good to eat a well-balanced diet, and then there's the herbs that help with sleep, herbs are food sources with medicinal properties, but in the complete package God created, not chemical derivatives of the properties formulated in a laboratory. I use combinations like Herbal Sleep. You can ask me about how to get some in the comment section, I moderate comments, and don't approve comments that contain private requests.
  • Lighting - We made the mistake of getting new blinds that were WHITE after having dark ones for years, and our bedroom is on the sunny side of the house. Light affects your sleep dramatically, no matter how late (or early) you get to bed. Make sure you block the light that comes into your windows unless you are a very early riser.
  • Getting to Bed - There are many things that can tempt us to stay up to late, or into the wee hours of the morning, a good book, a favorite TV show, or the newest diversion, spending time on the internet. I find the last one on the list to be my greatest challenge, it used to be reading. So figure out when you usually get up, the do the math to determine how to get your 7-8 hours of sleep.
Updated 2/10/16
Sweet dreams, everyone.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11:18 AM

    Thank you for these wonderful suggestions. I suffer from insomnia from time to time and its no fun waking up exhausted and needing to go to work. I'm taking your ideas and will use them. Great post!