Sleep Aids

Many people have problems getting to sleep, and/or staying asleep. I’ve had sleep issues since I was 2yo!  Here’s a list of things to try before resorting to pharmacy drugs:

  1. Make your bedroom a haven for sleep:
    • if possible, remove the TV and anything unrelated to sleep from the room;
    • as soon as you get up, make the bed so it’s comfortable and inviting when you go to bed at night;
    • clean your bedroom so it’s not full of dust and clutter, throw away junk and give away items you don’t use to someone who will use them;
    • decorate the room so you are happy, relaxed, and comfortable there;
    • burn lavendar incense, or put lavendar oil on the bulbs of your nightstand lamps;
    • use a lavendar sachet inside your pillowcase or next to your bed.
  2. Make a schedule and stick to it:
    • Pick a time by which you must be asleep to get *8hrs. sleep, then count back an additional 2hrs. This is your ‘preparation for bed’ time.
    • Set out everything you need for the next day:
      • weather-related items like coat, gloves, hat, umbrella, overshoes (keep your auto prepared with an **emergency kit if you live in an area prone to weather emergencies);
      • purse/wallet;
      • keys;
      • work briefcase/school bag;
      • errand items such as clothes/shoes for the gym, coupons for the grocery, retail returns, etc.
      • a ‘to go’ bag kept at the door is a good idea, as you remember things drop them in the bag; easy to grab on your way out every day and leave it there when you come in;
    • if you have problems with waking in the night hungry, plan to have a very light soup or broth, ginger milk, lavendar or camomille tea, or some other light snack about 1/2hr before bed. Nothing with caffeine… even decaf coffee has a little caffeine in it.
    • one of the most common problems is an active mind that won’t turn off, so sit in the quiet and make notes of anything on your mind in a journal,  make a list of things to be done the next day etc. this way you can go to bed with your mind clear.
    • Set the mood for sleep:
      • take a lavendar scented bath, or use lavendar shower gel;
      • turn the lights down 1/2hr before bed;
      • turn electronics off and charge them in another room to prevent their lights from illuminating the bedroom;
      • If you need your phone for an alarm, turn on do not disturb so you can sleep undisturbed by alerts (don’t forget to block the charging light);
      • shut off the TV (if you still have one in your room) and record your favorite show for viewing at another time, sleep is more important;

Hopefully these tips will help you catch some zzzzzzs!

Footnotes:
*On a night you don’t have to be up at a specific time the next day, don’t set your alarm and make sleeping conditions comfortable in your room. When you wake on your own feeling refreshed, that is your ideal sleep hours needed. Some people need 9hrs while someone else may only need 6. You may have to do this several times to average it out but your goal is to wake on your own just before your alarm.

**I will write more on this in another post but even having an umbrella, blanket, hat/gloves, protein bar and water for each family member is at least a start.

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Misery Really DOES Love Company!

Every week I learn something new from my jobs; today’s lesson is from the worst one.

I’ve always tried throughout life to wear a smile. Yes, I have troubles, maybe even more than the average Joe (or Jane as in this case). But, if I dwell on them it will just depress me and what a waste of time and energy that is! I’d rather dwell on the good things in life… even if you feel like there’s nothing good going on for you at least you woke up today above ground 🙂 which is a good start to any day!

So back to the crappy job. I try to look at it as my “free gym membership” where I get paid to work out (it’s a very demanding job physically, manual labor, but it’s a paycheck, however small).
I went to my boss since they have an “open door policy”. I’ve since come to learn that’s not true, if you have a problem you keep your mouth shut or they will attempt to make your life hell. If you’re not as miserable as them they’ll work to make it that way.

Oh well, I don’t work there to make friends, I work there to help pay for my life. The hours I spend there is nothing but a drop of water in the pool of my life.

Don’t Trust In Man

Are you placing your faith and trust in man, rather than God Himself?

Humans have the tendency to look to one another for support and leadership, but mere humans will lead you astray. Sometimes intentionally, to make themselves feel better about the wrong path they’re taking or to bring down someone of whom they’re envious.

Sometimes people will get led the wrong way unintentionally. They put people they believe are “holy” (pastors, priests, preachers, imans, rabbis, and so on) up on pedestals then believe everything they say as truth, never realizing these are just people…human beings who are as fallible as us. In the end, it is our own responsibility to make certain we are doing the right things in the right way rather than take the word of another person. I’ve seen this abused in every religion.

Some people look to movie stars as role models, and even minimize bad behaviour because “everyone’s doing it”.
NEWSFLASH: not “everyone” is doing it. It might seem like it if you’re allowing yourself to sit in front of the TV immersing yourself in fantasy world. Hollywood and Bollywood are not reality. Surround yourself with people who are living in a correct way rather than wrong-doers. What you are surrounded with is what you become. Remember “birds of a feather flock together”? It’s very true.

Another set of people we look to are the people in our everyday life, those we view as ‘good’: relatives, friends, teachers, business leaders. But again, these people are not perfect and to follow them in all things can end very badly.
This is one reason why we should always strive to live the best life we can…you never know what set of little eyes are focused on you as a parent, teacher, elder relative, and you don’t want to unintentionally lead them astray; do you?

Some people do follow a wrong path blindly because “it’s always been done” (culture), or because a religious leader says so (wrong interpretations of scripture)… but in the end we are responsible for our own actions. It is up to us to use the brain God gave, research what is taught to us by others, and live in a way God would be happy.

If you place all your trust in man, he will disappoint you; if you place your trust in God, this will bring happiness.

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