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I hope you’ll bear with me this week My podcast may not be as long or maybe not as good. It has been a tough week. You know I work to be truthful with you, my friends. It hasn’t been that long since I told you I was having a tough time, but I’m going to tell you that again today. It has been a rough couple of days. I didn’t get much sleep last night. I woke up at 4:30 and was stressed out, my mind moving over and over on things that happened the day before that I couldn’t change or do anything about. I’m betting that some of you have been there. When those times hit what do you do? Last night I tried mindfulness. I tried to focus on my breathing. After 30 mins of working on that, I got up out of bed. My bed is for sleeping if that is not going to happen then I get out. There were quite a few different options when I got out of bed. I don’t know about you but when I woke up like that, I was not in the mood to start working. So instead, I started watching tv, spent time with one of my favorite shows. Now I don’t need to put a judgment on it it was not a good thing to do, nor a bad one. It did stop the noise in my head. It distracted me from the things I couldn’t get out of my head. How long has it been since your stress has affected your sleep?
So why does this happen? Most adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep. I’m in the 8-hour club. There are many reasons you can be suffering from sleeping difficulties, include things like habits, lifestyle, medical conditions, medications, and thought processes. Behaviors that can affect your sleep are too much stimulation before bed. Things such as TV, video games, exercising caffeine, noise disturbances, and light also affect sleep. Some of the other things that affect sleep are physical pain, prescription medications, or frequent urination. Then there are also sleep disorders: Apnea, circadian rhythm, narcolepsy, restless leg. Sleep is also affected by stress, depression, work, and the amount of exercise done. So how is your sleep and what affects it? Why are you getting the sleep you are getting?
What problems can a lack of sleep cause? High blood pressure, diabetes, heart attacks, heart failure, or stroke. Did you know that lack of sleep can lead to premature wrinkling, obesity, and lower sex drive? That’s a good enough reason to get enough sleep, right?
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So today we are talking about sleep. I had a bad night last night got almost 5 hours of sleep. Not enough. Woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep. Tried my usual processes and they didn’t work. Now luckily for me, this is not a normal occurrence. Most nights I sleep pretty well; at least if I’m not sleeping on a backpacking pad. I’m not as good at sleeping on the ground as I used to be. Most nights I wake up after about 7 to 8 hours of sleep. But last night there was some stress going on in my life. I often can control it better than I did yesterday. I am pretty careful about my lifestyle, habits, TV, light, and noises. So, I usually sleep well. But last night was different. But because of the health problems associated I work hard to get the correct amount of sleep.
Sleep has four stages: that we cycle through. There is “REM through “Deep” sleep. Your body and mind need to process through these uninterrupted or you will probably feel tired or have trouble concentrating. Not getting the right amount or all stages of sleep affects both our physical and mental health in a big way. We need to make sure that we get through all stages of sleep uninterrupted.
What are some things we can do to get better sleep? First off treat getting enough sleep is important. Sleep often seems like the thing that is easiest to change and at the bottom of the list of your priorities. It is so easy to stay up late. Our bodies will at one point of the day start to slow down. You will start to yawn. This is the body’s way of preparing for sleep. Now if we stay up past the time when this happens, we get a second wind. That can keep us awake for quite a while.
Number 2 and we have talked about this in other episodes but be consistent in what time you get up and go to bed. It should be close to the same every day of the week. Within 30 mins. I know if I wake up later than normal then the next night, I will have trouble getting to sleep.
Then number 3 is put away electronics and at least 30 mins beforehand. The blue lights that emit from phones, tablets, computers, TVs all tell your body it is daytime. Do not pick up your phone during the night. Not even to check the time. If you, do it is very likely to start your mind thinking and make it harder or impossible to get back to sleep.
Many people would rather stay up and play or watch something rather than sleep. But for the reasons we described above it is important to get the sleep your body needs. Downtime and sleep time are not the same and the body doesn’t get what it needs from downtime.
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