Wow, It’s been months and months since I’ve written a post. There are definitely things I want to share with you all. Just time isn’t on my side these days.
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Twice a year I write about time change. And we are upon that time once again.
For most of us in the U.S. we will Fall Back on Sunday at 2 a.m.
Many of my readers are from Arizona, so this post doesn’t apply to you as much. (And note to my family, starting Sunday I will be an hour behind for about four months.) But I think the suggestions I am going to make are great whenever you cross time zones or as we move into the cooler and darker (and in Oregon, wetter) season.
I am not a great sleeper. And time change for me is pretty difficult.
When you Spring Forward, you lose an hour. The light is different. It is more difficult to get to bed on time for your workweek.
When you Fall Back, you “gain” an … Continue reading
Recently I realized one night as I was reading my 900-page book before bed that I was finally sleeping better.
For years I have had a battle with sleep. And lack of sleep and tiredness was winning.
I usually fall asleep without an issue, but I wake up a lot (sometimes more than 10 times a night).
I went to my doctor in November to discuss my sleep issues. Everything I was already doing (like going to bed every night around the same time and waking up about the same time in the mornings) was what I should be doing.
But my doctor had one thing to add: Reduce screen time before bed.
Screen time=iPhones, smart phones, iPads, tablets, computer, Kindle, TV, etc.
My norm at the time and for years had been to fall asleep to the TV. From many years ago when I lived alone falling asleep to the TV was a comfort. And it was a bad habit I had continued until November.
My doctor suggested I reduce my screen time one to two hours before bed. Two hours is extreme for me. So I’ve been doing at least an hour.
My doctor told me it could take … Continue reading
Last month I had an appointment with my doctor to talk about my sleep issues.
I usually don’t have a problem falling asleep. But I wake up numerous times during the night.
A good night of sleep means I only wake up two to three times a night.
A bad night can be two to three times but I am awake for long periods of time. A bad night can also be me waking up up to 10 times a night.
I pretty much already knew the basics to help get a good night’s sleep.
But my doctor and I reviewed them and she added something to the list.
Some of the habits are:
- Going to bed about the same time at night I go to bed usually between 10 and 11 p.m.
- Waking up about the same time in the morning I usually wake up between 6:30 and 7 a.m.
- Limited caffeine and not too late in the day I usually just have one cup of coffee in the morning; Tea during the day is decaf
- Napping should be limited: not too long or too late in the day If I nap it is usually not more than 30 minutes and I regularly practice Restorative … Continue reading