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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

serene sleeping

Do you ever have insomnia? I do. I can go along sleeping normally for months and then all of a sudden I will have a spell of insomnia. I am not one of those people who can cruise through a day with less than seven hours of sleep. I feel groggy and out of sorts. 

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Insomnia is categorized as difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. When this happens you often wake up still tired in the morning. 

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Insomnia can be acute or chronic. For some people, like me, insomnia comes and goes. 

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There are a number of causes of insomnia including, stress, environmental factors, medications, illness, depression, and pain. My insomnia usually coincides with a flare up of my peripheral neuropathy. 

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There are many different ways to treat insomnia. You should talk to your health care provider if you have chronic insomnia. One of my favorite remedies is to drink tart cherry juice in the evening. It really helps me to fall asleep. 

As I start to think about cooler weather, I think about getting my bedroom ready for cozy nights. A clean organized space with lots of warm quilts and comforters works for me. However, as I am looking around my room today, I see that I definitely have some fall cleaning ahead of me. In the meantime, I am finding lots of inspiration and pinning it to my Good Night Friends board. Check it out. 

Do you have any tips for getting a serene night's sleep? 

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17 comments:

  1. I sometimes have nights like that and it makes me feel like I'm treading water the whole day.
    Hope you feel better, I know those cozy bedrooms you shared boosted my spirits!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  2. Oh, boy, are you ever talking up my alley. I have such an issue falling asleep. It had gotten so bad. I had to quit taking my migraine meds. I am trying anything I can. I just heard on Dr. OZ TODAY THAT MAGNESIUM helps. MELATONIN. I will try to cherry juice. I am also a nine hour sleep person. Sorry for the caps, I'm on my Kindle.

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    1. I've heard about the magnesium, too. IT has to be tart cherry juice :)

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  3. Love those pretty bedroom pics! For me, one thing that really helps me sleep well is having a cool temperature and a dark room. I also try not to go to bed until I'm actually sleepy. Otherwise, I just toss and turn and that makes it worse. Most of the time, I don't have insomnia but when I do it's awful! I feel for people that suffer with it a lot.

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    1. I definitely agree about the dark cool bedroom. I cannot sleep if I am hot. I often turn on my ceiling fan, even in the winter.

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  4. I am so glad you posted this...sometimes we insomniacs feel so alone. I have a hard time falling asleep and then awake in the middle of the night for sometimes 2 hours. I try to stay in bed, I'm so afraid I might fall asleep without giving it "a chance". I absolutely don't want to try anything...I was so dependent on Ambien years ago after only 2 months. Evil stuff. I will try the cherry juice. What is it that makes it work? I won't even try melatonin...nothing I will depend upon.

    As always...you have very relative and timely posts. I just love you for that!!!

    Jane xx

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    1. I found out about the tart cherry juice from my physical therapist after my last knee replacement. Her doctor recommended it to her. I get mine at Trader Joe's but you can find it in the organic food section at the grocery. I know Dr. Oz talked about it too. I won't take meds for insomnia as I hate pharmaceuticals unless really necessary. I do have spells where I wake in the middle of the night, too. I hate that.

      I am so happy that you are finding my posts helpful. I really want us all to be able to connect. Hugs.

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    2. P.S. tart cherries contain melatonin :)

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  5. I am a late night person and then I need my 8 hours of sleep. It's my natural body rhythm to stay up to 1 am and wake up at 9am. Still I have those nights where sleep does not come easily so I read. I must also be in a cool room to sleep well.

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    1. I am such an early riser and when I stay up late I do pay for it by not getting enough sleep. Its wonderful that you have found your natural sleep rhythm, Linda. Even so, I guess we all have those night where we don't sleep well.

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  6. I am a dark, cool room person myself. I also like cool crisp colors to make the room inviting. All the bedroom pictures are very pretty but not inviting to me as I like color. I suffer from clinical depression and dark or subdued palates bring me down. I know I can't see the color when the room is dark but maybe I can feel it.

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    1. Thanks so much for your input. Each person is soothed by different things and different colors. :)

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  7. Good Afternoon Laura, I agree with a number of your friends, a cool, dark room really does help. We always sleep with a small window open and even in the winter, when it is very cold, we make sure the heating goes off an hour before we go to bed and then we open a small window, just before we turn the lights off.
    If there are nights when I cannot sleep I drink camomile and honey tea an hour before I go to bed and I find this helps me drift off to sleep.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

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    1. I have always loved that people in Britain turn their heat off at night and open windows. So much healthier. Living on the first floor in the city, I am afraid to leave my windows open at night. I would love to be able to do that again someday, though. :)

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  8. Aren't those pretty bedrooms! I rarely have a good nights sleep, usually no more than 6 hours, and almost always interrupted several times by our cat. Also, if something is bothering me, I have to find a way to deal with it so that I can go to sleep. I've also found that reading my kindle to take my mind off other things helps.

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    1. I think we all need a late night get together :)
      I read at night before I go to sleep, too. It usually works to help me get to sleep. I try hard to clear my mind and let things go before I go to bed, but as we all know, it isn't always easy.

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