Poor sleep habits

For years I have lived with poor sleep: light sleep, snoring, waking up in the wee hours, sometimes struggling to get to sleep at the beginning of the night. I take herbal supplements to get myself to sleep. I am now using a CPAP machine to address the snoring. I have a night time routine. Still, the best I can manage on most nights is around 6 hours of sound sleep.
By participating in HNHN, it is my goal to stretch those peaceful sleeping hours to 7/night by August 1, 2019!
Posted by nursegreen11 on Aug 1, 2019 8:00 AM CDT

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I use medication at night to improve my sleep
  • Posted Thu 08 Aug 2019 07:03 AM CDT
Well hello there nursegreen11.   I am a certified Fitness Trainer and Nutrition Specialist with the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), and a new member of HNHN,affiliated with the largest hospital system in SE Texas, Memorial Hermann.  I can totally relate to you when it comes to the 6 hour sleep night.  I meditate quite a bit to quiet my mind, and I also do restorative yoga which is more of a relaxation yoga practice.  While no meditation can replace sleep completely, it all comes down to the melatonin in your brain and stress is one of the big things inhibiting the production of that chemical.  If you're anything like me, then I am guessing that melatonin is an herbal supplement you have taken to help.  However, in a highly cited Rutguers University study, meditation was effectively proven to boost melatonin levels by an average of 98%, with many participants showing increases of more than 300%!  Meditation's biological re-balancing enables the perfect amount of melatonin to flow throughout your body, helping you reach a far deeper, more efficient level of sleep.    If you have not tried meditation in the past, then I would definitely recommend finding a way to incorporate it into your weekly/daily routine.  At the end of the day another way to relieve stress is exercising.   I get in the gym to exercise twice during the week at various intensity levels then do restorative yoga to relax, recover, and relieve stress on Sundays.  I hope you find some ways to reach your goal to stretch those peaceful sleeping hours aka deep REM sleep !
  • Posted Fri 02 Aug 2019 07:39 AM CDT

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