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Get Some Sleep!

05.28.09

Advice

Are you feeling stressed?

Unfortunately, for the majority of Americans the answer to that question is “Yes” but for some it’s “Yes, all the time.” The best stress reliever in the world is not exercise but sleep.  Though exercise would be number one, if you first got enough sleep.

Most Americans are not getting a sufficient amount of restorative or quality sleep.  It sounds simple, but when you think about all of the things that create this deprived state, it is overwhelming.  Take our American work-a-holic tendencies combined with personal responsibilities like children, pets or elderly parents; add in some part-time college courses, and sprinkle in a 2nd or 3rd job.  It all becomes too much.  Everyone has 24 hours in a day to tackle our list, and sleep has become last.

Sometimes our minds are so stressed that when we do make the time to lie down and rest, we can’t shut off the chatter.  The worst feeling is fighting to fall asleep.  I know, because I’ve been there.  Severe insomnia is a problem not easily solved with at home remedies.  I will not pretend to have the answer for those who need prescription sleep aides or more intense treatments.  However, for those of us who can fall asleep when we make the time to, I am urging you to make sleep a number one priority.

One way to do so is to dust off the routines established when we were young.  Have a set bed time and begin to slow down about an hour before.  Take a hot bath, change into sleepwear, turn the lights down, play soft music, or take out your favorite magazine or book.

I don’t recommend turning on the television.  Unplug your mind from the constant bombardment of commercials and short programs.  If you must watch something, an all-time favorite movie is the best.  This is one where your mind doesn’t have to figure out what’s going to happen next.  Enjoy the dialogue and your favorite scenes or characters; meanwhile your mind relaxes. You may not be able to do this every night but start with a small goal.  For example, “I will make sleep and relaxation a priority 3 times a week.”

Gain more restorative sleep and increase your mood while decreasing sickness and stress.

Sweet dreams,

Boni

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