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#219991 - 03/07/14 01:50 AM Ahh, Here's to a good night's sleep!
Anne Holmes Administrator Offline
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Registered: 03/12/10
Posts: 3168
Loc: Illinois
I am a huge advocate of sleeping well. Over the years I have read a number of articles about it, and try to practice what I've learned.

I can't do everything they suggest however, it's just not practical. For example, I can't sleep in a totally dark room. There are a number of things in my bedroom that have lights on them, and I just don't think it is practical to either remove them from the room or cover them before heading off to bed.

Specifically I'm talking about a light on my land line phone that indicated it is charged. Two lights on my clock that indicate that two alarms are set, a light on my PAP machine that indicates it is turned on -- which it is supposed to be when I am in bed and using it!

But these are all just little red or green lights, and I figure that if I close my eyes, I don't see them...

I think the thing that works the best to calm my brain and get me ready to sleep each night is a pre-bed ritual that includes taking a nice hot bath -- often reading in the tub. (And yes,I do use this time to read the books I review for the NABBW. And yes, now and then one or two of them have accidentally fallen into the tub. Thankfully each one has been able to be reclaimed and finished!)

I just read an article that says about 70 million Americans suffer from sleep problems. It specifically notes that good sleep can be harder to achieve as we age.

I know my next door neighbor, who's in her 80s, also takes a hot bath each night. She uses hers to ease her aching back, while the genesis for mine was restless legs. (I refused to take the meds the sleep specialist wanted to give me. And by chance I discovered that a nice hot pre-bedtime bath works great to still my legs. And no chemicals involved!!)

So I'm just curious: does anyone else have trouble sleeping? Does anyone else have personal tricks to share that help them sleep?

I'd love to hear what others are experiencing. Especially since the article says that a 2011 study found subjects with insomnia incurred 75% more in health-care costs than those without insomnia.

So here's to health inducing sleep!!
Boomer in Chief of Boomer Women Speak and the National Association of Baby Boomer Women.

#219992 - 03/07/14 11:13 PM Re: Ahh, Here's to a good night's sleep! [Re: Anne Holmes]
Cookie Offline

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 753
Loc: USA
Oh Lord, yes, I have trouble sleeping, lol! It’s even worse since I have gotten older. Apparently I have had trouble sleeping even when I was a wee girl so my mother told me.

I have tried all the “experts’ rules” for a good nights sleep for 35 years or more. Only one thing has been sort of helpful. I go to bed the same time every night whether it is a weekend or not. If I miss my sleep window, I might as well stay up because I will toss and turn all night trying to get to sleep.

Aids for sleeping----you name it,I have tried it most likely, except for sleeping pills. I won’t take them. If I find something that seems like it will work, it is always temporary. It lasts only about 3-4 days and then I’m back to not sleeping well again. The Cherry Juice thing that everyone is all crazy about right now, did not work for me neither. I drank it for 6 months---nothing.

Not sleeping well, makes for a sleepy, butt-dragging tired day. tired frown

#219999 - 03/16/14 02:26 AM Re: Ahh, Here's to a good night's sleep! [Re: Cookie]
orchid Offline

Registered: 01/21/07
Posts: 3675
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
I used to sleep quite well --for many years even when my career was in its peak years.

For a variety of reasons, I can't sleep well consistently and long all the time. Some of it is psychological.

Anyway, yes a hot shower helps...and daily exercise helps me, probably more than I realize. (and my digestive system. Important when aging. :))
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#221359 - 04/04/18 06:23 PM Re: Ahh, Here's to a good night's sleep! [Re: orchid]
montx Offline

Registered: 04/08/08
Posts: 11
Sleep - sometimes tricky.

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