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Ummm, NOPE! I honestly don’t. I am lucky to sleep 3 hours some nights; I have been known to pull all-nighters. And occasionally several all-nighters in a row. Matter of fact, that happened last week. Slept 3 hours in 3 days; that was not fun! I was very productive but not a pleasant person to be around. I was grumpy and irritable from the lack of sleep.
So on the one hand, I don’t sleep enough. BUT, on the other hand, I have been known to sleep too much also. It’s a give and take kind of thing, I totally wished I slept like the average adult. This is just one of the many things I have had to adapt to because of my illness. Like I’ve previously said, there are good days and bad. Sometimes the good outweigh the bad, sometimes it is the other way around. Such is the life of someone with a mental illness.
Here are some tips and tricks from the National Sleep Foundation:
- Carve out at least 30 minutes of wind-down time before bed in which you do something relaxing, such as read a book. Dim the lights in the house slightly for an hour or so before bed. *I do this, I read my Kindle in bed. Of course, with the brightness way down low.
- In order to calm your mind, do a breathing or relaxation exercise.
- If you get into bed and cannot fall asleep after 20 minutes, get up and return to another space in the house to do a relaxing activity, such as reading or listening to music. Lying in bed awake can create an unhealthy link between your sleeping environment and wakefulness. Instead, you want your bed to conjure sleepy thoughts and feelings only. *I am absolutely terrible about doing this, sometimes I lay awake in bed for hours.
- Wake up at the same time every day. Even if you have a hard time falling asleep and feel tired in the morning, try to get up at the same time (weekends included). This can help adjust your body’s clock and aid in falling asleep at night. * My kids are pretty good alarm clocks.
Here’s an info-graphic from the National Sleep Foundation.
So in closing, do you have sleep problems? How do you combat them? Prescribed medications? Over the Counter medications? Or all natural methods?