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If you’ve been following my blog for the past few months, I’m sure you remember my last two posts about insomnia on 5 tips to get a good nights sleep, and my shut eye strategies to get more sleep as well! If you read my last post you’ll know my biggest struggle is using social media and the computer or my cell phone at bed time. I have made this a nightly ritual to make sure that I sign off from my phone, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, at least an hour to an hour and a half before bed time. It has really seemed to help my brain turn off and relax, and it’s something I highly recommend doing. Disconnecting from the world is important. Use this time to relax, read a book, talk to your significant other, take a hot bath, anything relaxing.
Disconnecting from all social media and electronics an hour (or more) before bed time has really worked out great for me. I’ve found that I’m not so wound up before bed, and I can fall asleep easier, and I stay asleep! Although I highly recommend trying this out and doing the same as I have, sometimes it’s not enough for some people who suffer from insomnia.
Here’s a little recap from my last two posts!
5 Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep:
1. An hour before bedtime, turn off all electronics. No TV, no smartphone, no tablet, no computer/laptop. Unplug yourself. Your body will thank you, and so will your significant other.
2. Take a hot bath with lavender essential oils and epsom salt. This combination right here is amazing. It will soothe your soul. Epsom salt is great for tired muscles and the magnesium is great for you. Lavender essential oil is great for making you sleepy.
3. Don’t eat right before bed. Have your after dinner snack at least an hour prior to bedtime. You don’t want your belly to be digesting food once you’re in bed.
4. Limit your liquid intake. Don’t drink a lot before bed. I usually have some water right before bed, but I limit it to only about 4 ounces. I try to stop drinking any liquids at least two hours prior to bed.
5. Talk to a doctor. After trying the above for a week, and you have no improvement, definitely set up an appointment to talk to your doctor. Your symptoms may be more severe than home remedies can fix.
4 Shut-Eye Strategies to help achieve a good night’s sleep:
1- Get Active Early – Getting a good night’s sleep doesn’t just start when the sun sets. Exercising early in the day can strengthen your circadian rhythm, helping to bring on sleepiness at night.
2- Get Comfortable – Remind your body that it’s time to wind down. RELAX! Relaxing activities, like taking a warm bath, can help transition you from daytime to bedtime.
3- Sign Off – Put away your electronic devices one hour before you head to bed. LED lights from mobile phones and tablets can activate the brain, keeping you from falling and staying asleep at night.
4- Go Dark – Block out the light. Light and darkness are natural reminders that tell your body when it’s time to rest. Light during the night can send messages to the brain telling you to “wake up!” before you’re ready.
If none of these work for you, there are options! SILENOR®, which is a prescription sleep aid that is used to treat people with insomnia who have trouble staying asleep. SILENOR® works with the wake-promoting mechanism of the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, helping patients stay asleep throughout the night and early morning. A lot of people have trouble falling asleep, but more people have trouble actually staying a sleep, so thankfully there is SILENOR® which is a fantastic option for them. What I think is most important is it can be used regularly and it’s not associated with a risk of abuse or physical dependence. That’s great news for people who have issues with insomnia!
If you suffer from insomnia, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor about your routine, lifestyle and symptoms to determine the best option for you. If you want to learn more about how to achieve a full, uninterrupted night’s sleep visit Wanttosleepmore.com.
Disclosure from SILENOR®: Full SILENOR® ISI: SILENOR® is a prescription sleep medicine that is used to treat people with insomnia who have trouble staying asleep. Call your doctor if your insomnia worsens or is not better within 7 to 10 days. This may mean that there is another condition causing your sleep problem. Be sure that you are able to devote 7 to 8 hours to sleep before being active again. SILENOR® should be taken within 30 minutes of bedtime. Do not take with alcohol or with other medicines that can make you sleepy. If you are on a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or have taken a MAOI within the past two weeks, you should not take SILENOR®. You should not take SILENOR® if you have an eye problem called narrow angle glaucoma that is not being treated, if you have severe urinary retention, or if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in SILENOR®. You should not drive or operate machinery at night after taking SILENOR®. Until you know how you will react to SILENOR®, you should be careful in performing such activities during the day following taking SILENOR®. Before you take SILENOR®, tell your doctor if you have a history of depression, mental illness or suicidal thoughts. You should call your doctor right away if after taking SILENOR® you walk, drive, eat or engage in other activities while asleep. Drowsiness is the most common adverse event observed in clinical trials. For more information, please see the complete Prescribing Information, including the Medication Guide, at https://www.silenor.com/
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