Anne’s sleeping post

There are a really large set of results for “sleeping tips” on google. Go on search for it. I’ll wait. 
This whole set isn’t the issue here. Most of the good results are not that bad. Some are just good health advice, such as eat and drink probably. That’s no good at 3:00 when you haven’t slept for two whole days and have that big project due tomorrow. 
Not being able to sleep isn’t a disease. It’s a symptom. And while I could say sure cure the symptom and get on with it, that makes the problem arise again in a few weeks, days or months. 
So a new list of things to do may not be really very useful, but if you end up at the GPs or similar, you are probably going to get the same set of 5 questions or a version of them (if you already have said you have sleep issues they are likely to say other things). 
1. How is your diet?

2. Are you in pain?

3. How’s your general health?

4. How busy are you?

5. Are you drinking/smoking/taking anything for it?
All your answers to these questions will tell your Dr if you have a general health problem or a psychological one. It may tell them it’s both. 
I’m not going to be able to diagnose you, nor should I being a meer amateur. I don’t have any medical degree at all. (This is your disclaimer). 
The thing is that not getting enough sleep is a big issue for our society. The problem is that we are, when it comes down to it, smart monkeys. Our natural habitat and cycles are off from our technological advancement. 
It’s a common theme that you get better sleep on holidays than you do when your at work. Or even better sleep on the weekends than the weekdays. Every person in a western society probably has this issue. I’m not immune from it myself.

I’ve been recording my sleep with the same app on my iPhone now since early 2013. I have a good 3, almost 4 years of data in the application now. So this is a good indication of how much better sleep is on Friday, Saturday and Sunday than the rest of the week. My next best day is Wednesday. I’m not 100% sure why, it’s just how my sleep pattern works.

I’m sure your own sleep pattern tells its own story of your life and working habits. 
For example when you have a small child or baby your sleep is likely to be making your sleep patterns pretty insane. Sleep with small children is a very different subject that has many different ways of dealing with. I highly recommend the no cry sleep solution as a good book on the subject. 

How do you get to sleep?:

Insomnia is a painful issue. In the fact it can cause actual physical and mental pain. The usual cures will be the sort of thing to work out with your doctor but until then here are some good things to help:
Don’t self medicate. 
Switch on calming music 
Use a simple meditation to relax and then try again 
Get up, go to another room, sit their for five minutes, then go back to bed
Change your sheets
If you are still having issues:
Write down a list of things you are worried about 
Write next to them what you can do about them Tomorrow and if you can’t do anything then write “it’s a problem for another day”
Do some doodles
Cuddle a soft toy (seems stupid as an adult but it works)
Try a blindfold
Write in a journal before bed (best use physical book you have to write on). 
If all else fails it’s better to do some than feel like your doing nothing, so even if you go to the TV and put it on that’s ok. You are not a failure if you can’t sleep. You will get sleep eventually and you’ll see your doctor soon. 

Also note try not to:

Play or use a phone, ipad or computer 30 mins before bed or after you go to bed.
Do not have a TV in your bedroom if you can avoid doing so.
Of course I’m open to questions if need be. 


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