Sleep Better Without Drugs.
2010, I had no idea I was only living half a life. Thinking back now, I can see I was going through the motions. I had no energy, no creativity and was unable to see my way through with any positivity. I needed better sleep.
I had a 3 year old gorgeous boy who had not slept through for his first two and a half years. And a husband with a healthy snore. If I did get to sleep I would wake up and be unable to go back to sleep. So all up, I would get about 4-5 hours sleep each night. Then when the alarm went off I felt shocking, dragging myself into the day. At work I would just go through the motions, at home I was irritable and lethargic. Weekends came and went and I never seemed to have the energy for anyone or anything.
At the time, I actually didn’t give it a second thought. When my doctor questioned me, I said “isn’t this just life with a job, husband, son and a house to take care of? I’m no different to most other people am I?” She assured me that it wasn’t normal and told me I needed to do something.
And I would never have believed what a difference it would make.
Fast forward and now I consider myself a “Sleep Evangelist”!
There is no better feeling than waking up in the morning after 8 solid hours of sleep! A clearer mind, confidence that the day will go well and I’ll be able to handle whatever comes my way.
Don’t just take it from me though! If you like some science, then consider that the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School posts on its website (HealthySleep). The team at HMS can confirm that going without sleep for too long makes us feel terrible, and that getting a good night’s sleep can make us feel ready to take on the world.
These scientists have gone to great lengths to fully understand sleep’s benefits. In studies of humans and other animals, they have discovered that sleep plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions.
So are you sleeping? Do you lie awake, mind racing, unable to relax? Would you prefer to drop off to sleep easily and not wake up until morning? Would you like to know how different it feels?
If you do, here are my 5 steps to better sleep
#1 Talk to your GP
Sleep is obviously a personal thing. It’s up to you what you try. In the beginning my GP did give me a small supply to help me get a solid sleep but after taking one or two, I decided that I would stick to other methods that, as it turned out, were more effective and longer lasting.
#2 Listen to your GP
The best advice my doctor gave me at the same time was to look up Dr David Morawetz, a Melbourne based sleep specialist. And I listened. I read his book and listened to his audio program. It was amazing. His information addressed all my excuses and habits as well as giving me a step by step guide to follow.
#3 Be disciplined
Get up at the same time every day and go to bed at the same time every night. Cut out alcohol, tea and coffee after your evening meal. Your body will work for you if you stick to what you know is true.
#4 Keep your bed for sleeping
No devices or eating in bed and no television in the bedroom. You need to train your brain to know that when you to to your room and go to bed that sleeping is the only option.
Jumping out of bed refreshed and energised is within your reach. You will love the difference it makes so just give it a try. Just start.
Take small simple steps and you to can embrace bed as a place for real rest.
A healthy life is a vibrant life. Make it yours to love. You’ve got this.