New windows made a big difference!!
Saturday, May 1, 2021
I am an insomniac from way back. At one low point in my life, I don’t think I slept much for several days. If I knew then, what I know now, I would’ve taken different steps, because I don’t think I was thinking clearly after all that time without sleep.
I now sleep through most every night, except for the occasional too hot, too cold and having to empty my bladder (old lady problems). BUT and this is huge, I get back to sleep fairly easily.
I have helped countless patients, over the years, to improve their sleep habits. I have referred many to various articles. My husband suggested I write my own article, from a personal and professional perspective.
Most people who are having trouble sleeping are guilty of violating at least one of the healthy sleep recommendations. For many, they are reluctant to give them up (but the television helps me get to sleep,
etc.) and I will try to address all the excuses and why it is important to give up the unhealthy habits.
- Make your bedroom dark enough and cool enough
- Keep your room clutter-free. Clutter can actually increase anxiety. Anxiety can interfere with sleep.
- Set up a bedtime routine and try to do it about the same time every night. Wash your face, brush your teeth, do your nightly reading, praying or meditation. You are preparing yourself, physically and psychologically, to go to sleep.
- Bed is for two things: sleeping and sex. Nothing else.
- If you are having trouble with sleeping, do not read, watch television, text or surf while you are in bed.
- Do not go to sleep with the television on.
- Keep as many electronics out of your bedroom as is possible. If your cell phone is your only phone and you want to keep it in your bedroom for emergencies, turn off all other noise makers, especially texting and especially if you have friends who like to text in the middle of the night, just to talk. Let family/close friends know if they need to reach you for an emergency, they need to call. Yes, the same number they use to text they can use to call. If it’s not an emergency, it can keep until morning.
- If you cannot sleep, (after a reasonable amount of time) get up out of the bed. Go read, listen to meditation. Try not to turn on the television.
- Keep a worry journal. (will discuss later)
- Make sure your bed partner has healthy sleep habits.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
And here is a future art project
And some random nature pictures
And a neighbor or two.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
When we returned to the farm house a week later, it still stank of cigarette smoke. So, we spent the entire day, September 17, cleaning. Steve mopped the walls with a Bona Mop (get yours here) and vinegar, which our research told us was the best for getting out cigarette smell.
My sister came to visit and we walked the property, trying to identify trees and plants. Next weekend we hope to spend three days and set up a refrigerator, washer/dryer and bed so we can get more done.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
There were two shining moments. The first illustrated by this set of pictures, which shows how much difference a quick pressure wash can make.
Next, just a few pictures of the flowers, bushes, which have all been badly neglected.
The garage looks better than I expected; though still a looooong way to go to clean.
But one of the most important things: DJ had so much fun on the newly-mowed path.
Until next time: