How many magazines or newsletters do you get in the mail? I know in times past I subscribed to a variety of periodicals, but my list has dwindled significantly now that I seem to rely upon the internet for almost everything. One that has not fallen by the wayside is the The Berkeley Wellness Letter from University of California, Berkeley. The monthly colorful 8-page spread is chalk full of great advice and suggestions for all family members. In the perhaps 10 years that I have been receiving it (thanks to my father), no topics related to health seem to be off limits. They cover it all with brutal honesty.
One challenge we all have been struggling with lately is sleep. Our son has had trouble getting to bed at night, which has led to him crawling in bed with us (not a good habit, I know!). When his little legs start moving it’s not long before I am downstairs using the opportunity to meditate. Unfortunately, this often means I get only 4-5 hours of sleep a night which is far less than optimal. In the Fall 2013 issue there was a great write-up about sleep problems.
SUGGESTIONS TO OVERCOME SLEEP PROBLEMS:
- Avoid or cut down on caffeine early in the evening (Ouch! this may be hard)
- Set a regular time to go to bed (I need to work on this one)
- Exercise regularly (most of the time!)
- Relax and try to retreat from your problems before you go to bed (Easier said than done!)
- Limit use of technology devices with backlit screens close to bedtime (Agree)
- Use your bed only for sleep and sex (Huh! No pajama parties?)
- If you can’t sleep get out of bed (How about getting the kid out of bed?)
- If you are losing sleep due to stress, figure out how to reduce the stress (See last point)
The article was actually very informative and reviewing the suggestions brought to my attention that there are many things within my power to improve upon daily shut eye. I just wish it would have told me how to get my get permanently out of my bed. Maybe that is in the next issue, it wouldn’t surprise me.