There is nothing like waking up after a great night of sleep. They say that we spend 1/3 of our lives seeking a good night’s sleep.
“I love sleep. My life has a tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” – Ernest Hemingway
I take great satisfaction in a good night’s sleep. The trouble is, I don’t always get a good night’s sleep. Here is the problem as I see it: Adults burn the candles at both ends and sometimes in the middle. We stay up late and get up early.
We treat sleep like its a luxury. It is not! It is necessary and key to our bodies recovery and healing from a hard day of work. When I was diagnosed with sleep apnea I learned that a lack of sleep affects all of my body systems: heat, lungs, kidneys, appetite, metabolism, weight control, digestion, immune functions,pain, mood, and brain function. The doctors told me that sleep is when the body regenerates, repairs tissues, heals, replaces cells, and moves waste for elimination. My lack of sleep was stopping my body’s natural energy-recharging mechanism.
Getting a C-PAP machine changed my life for the better, however, I am still learning more things I can do to create better sleep.
1. Create the right atmosphere
I like my room cold. My poor husband where a sweatshirt, a stocking cap and flannel pajamas while I wear thin pajamas and kick the covers off. Lately I have been turning off electronics at least on hour before I’d like to sleep. I’d love to create an office so that my bedroom is only for sleeping, dressing, etc. and isn’t my office space as well. I’d like to be able to associate my bedroom as a restful space, not connected to the stresses of every day life. I also listen to “sleep music” or meditation recordings as I fall asleep.
2. Develop a night time routine.
Once my hot tub got fixed I made my routine a lovely soak in the tub, a shower, teeth, prayers, and my sleep music. When I make time for this little routine I sleep hard and wake up refreshed.
3. Get a great matress
A few years back we invested in a great mattress. It is such a great mattress that our kids constantly sleep in our bed… thankfully, not at the same time as we are sleeping in it.
My bed is nearly never made because someone wants to be sleeping in it! Perhaps it’s because I was a co-sleeper when they were younger and they miss me. LOL. Not. I know that it’s my bed.
We bought a latex. Best bed ever! Well… at least for my family. Consumer Report’s Mattress Buying Guide gives some great suggestions for finding the right mattress for you.
Now as a mom of 5 children, I know that babies don’t really sleep… at least not at first. So I’d should amend my initial statement – Sleep Better than a Baby!