Man, Do I not sleep... I thank the indigenous populace of the country of Iraq for that honor. SNAP BIG WORDS....
I use to get angry when I couldn’t sleep.... mine stems from Hypervigilance due to trauma of "being blown up" way to many times. But, we as a people don’t help ourselves when it comes to this. Meaning, having good sleep habits, exercise, and keeping a pattern.
Good Sleeping Habits are:
- Wake up and go to Bed at the same time... every day, all the time.
- At least 1 hr. before bed time, NO TV, NO CELLPHONE, NO COMPUTER or anything that emits blue light. It will trick your body into thinking it’s awake.
- Take some time in your day, 10 or 15 min., to worry. When is the last time any of you have had 10 min., without music, TV your phone to think and I don’t mean in the car. Use this time to worry about stuff. This is what usually keeps people awake, and if the first time each day you do this is when you lay down for bed.... THAT WILL keep you awake.
Other things I have found that work are:
- Lavender Oil at night time, Pure Organic Oil. One or two drops put it on your temples, wrists and any pressure point. My wife got me to use this... and it’s better than ANY sleeping pill, pain killer etc. Plus if you wake up later, use it again. IT’S THE BEST THING I HAVE FOUND.
- Blue light device, I use this in the morning. It works, well. I always wondered why when I go hunting for a week my sleep gets dope. Its due to the sun in the morning, which blue light devices simulate
You have to do this, it can be a 20 min walk, or lifting, but moving around is key. If your body is awake, but your mind is tired then you will be awake. SO PUT DOWN THE PHONE OR FACEBOOK IN THE MORNING, and go for a walk, do some pushups, whatever. It does wonders for sleep
Lastly, a pattern is a must. We are creatures of habit, we do things the same way all the time, from how we each eat, wake up and yes sleep. Things like keeping your house between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, (found to be the best for sleep). Doing the same steps each night before sleep. On and on.
Remember getting 4 to 5 hrs. A sleep a night after 5 nights is dangerous not only for your heart, weight etc., but while driving its worse than being drunk. So aim for 7 hrs. (Thought to be the best length), any more or less is bad for you.
Sorry it’s a long post... but I have been dealing with this since 2006 so I hope this helps someone.