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On Saturday night I went to bed at 7pm. I actually planned on watching television, but instead I fell asleep by 7:30pm and didn’t wake up until 7:30am Sunday morning. It felt great and it was certainly overdue. Getting more sleep is something I’ve noticed becomes harder and harder for me as I get older. I can remember when I was young I could sleep any time, any where and for however long I wanted to. Now I go to bed and I toss and turn and have a lot of problems falling asleep and staying asleep. I hate it because I wake up and it’s too hot or too cold or I think of something I want to do the next day and can’t get back to sleep.
I never thought I would suffer from insomnia.
I was reading BeyondTired.org earlier today and came across a girl named Jessica who shares her stories and tip/tricks on getting more sleep or less uninterupted sleep and I found she also suffers from waking up at night, hot. I cannot sleep when I’m hot. When my feet are hot there is almost no hope in getting to sleep. Might as well call it a day! She shared that she is trying something new and so far so good, she is taking “one teaspoon of gelatin, a natural supplement that is believed to potentially help with sleep, mixed in hot water, about an hour before bed.” I think I’m going to try it tonight!
Here is her story:
The site, Beyondtired.org is a great resource, as she mentioned, for those who suffer from insomnia. I am going to share these tips with my husband because more than me, he has terrible issues with sleep. I often wake up to find him out of bed at 3am. I feel horribly for him as it makes it so difficult for him to get through the day. It’s great to know that we are not alone though and that there are resources like The National Sleep Foundation who are dedicated to improving health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy.
Here are a couple things I do to help get & stay asleep:
- Lavender sachets in my pillow case.
- White noise from a fan (or in my case a CPAP machine).
- Room darkening curtains.
- Lower the AC in my room at night!
There are approximately 70 million people in the US that are affected symptoms of insomnia and I don’t want to be one of them!Of these, an estimated 23.5 million people, roughly 10 percent of the adult population, experience symptoms consistent with the diagnosis of insomnia.
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I think that happens when we get older. It is nice to have a few tips like the lavender sachets.