Tuesday, 30 May 2017

PLANNING TO SLEEP




You may remember in a previous post that we were discussing circadium rhythm or body clock. It is so important to work in with our body clock, especially we chronically ill people, that I decided to research it a bit more and here basically is it in a nutshell...


When I was seeing my rheumatologist for lupus/fibromyalgia problems, she told me that it is not an old-wives' tale that the hours of sleep prior to midnight are the most refreshing. Apparently, an hours' sleep prior to midnight is equal to 2 after. This goes on our circadian rhythm. She advised me to be asleep by 10pm at the latest every night and to make bedtime a regular time- and getting up.

We know that a lot of chronic illness and certainly chronic pain can result in lack of good quality sleep, so it is even more important that we try to regulate sleeping in order to work with and not against, circadian rhythm. So do as I now do, and plan a regular time for retiring each night and work out a routine that tells your body that it's time for lights out!

By going to bed earlier, we Sacrificial home keepers can give our bodies extra time to relax in order to fall sleep. We all know that pain and even over tiredness can make it difficult to drop off to sleep or to stay asleep. Especially if one has sleep apnea as well. By being in bed by 10, we give our bodies more of a chance of catching some sleep... 
We have to get used to working with our body...

© Glenys Robyn Hicks

"When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. ” Proverbs 3:24

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