Did everyone have a nice Thanksgiving holiday? I had a pleasantly uneventful couple of days. I did catch up with my mother on the phone, and she tells me her blood pressure is getting back to normal. “I’m not doing anything different, but I never was,” she reports. “But I have been sleeping pretty well in the last few weeks. I didn’t sleep well for a long time after that sting.”
Ha! I knew it was related to that episode! Folks, my mom was working in her garden this spring, and for Mother’s Day, she discovered she is violently allergic to yellow jackets. Yeah, happy freaking Mother’s Day, right? Shortly after, her annual physical showed elevated blood pressure. It stayed high for months, despite eating well, exercising daily (which she does anyway), and taking herbs that I sent to her. Much to her pride and relief, her doctor said she didn’t have to take medication just yet.
Mom used to always start phone conversations with, “Are you eating, are you sleeping?” I noticed the lack, but I figured she was starting to trust me to take care of myself. I think there was maybe a bit of denial there, too. “No symptoms, nothing is going on except my systolic is high.”
Insomnia can affect the nervous, metabolic, immune, endocrine, and cardiovascular systems, which cover every process in the body. If you aren’t getting proper sleep, your body is not functioning as it should. How long has it been since you got a good night’s sleep? Let me help! Whether through acupuncture, supplements, and/or better habits, you can stress less and get the rest you need!
I love the insomniac culture. Weird people stay up late and do crazy stuff. I feel more creative at night. I know a lot of people who do. It’s our own time, not the man’s time. However…
Your body needs sleep. You can’t run at a sleep deficit all the time and expect not to be tired. Especially as you get older. Again with the telling you things you don’t want to hear: Your body is limited. It works a lot better with 8 hours of sleep every night. If you don’t take time to recharge, you will crash.
I know. There’s just so much you have to do and so much you want to do. But look at it this way, if you don’t get good sleep, you’ll be tired all the time. Wouldn’t it be better if you could spend your time doing the things you want to do, efficiently, actually getting them done, instead of being tired? When you are well rested, not only is your energy higher and your thoughts clearer, your immune system is stronger, you are more capable of managing stress, and your metabolism is more efficient.
For better quality sleep:
- Stick to a schedule. Try to wake up, eat, exercise, and go to bed, around the same time every day.
- Snoring isn’t just annoying for your partner. Sleep apnea means you aren’t getting enough air. Changing your pillow, sleeping on your side, using a neti pot, or using a nasal strip may help. With more severe cases (more common than you might think!), talk to your doctor.
- Finish eating 2-3 hours before bedtime.
- Avoid caffeine in the 6-8 hours before bedtime.
- Don’t consume alcohol close to bedtime. Though it may help you fall asleep, it will be less restful sleep.
- Set realistic expectations, and set your alarm accordingly. You’ll get a lot more out of your day if you plan to get enough sleep rather than hitting the snooze button for three hours.