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SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT WHY YOU HAVE TURNED INTO AN INSOMNIAC…

Yesterday I wrote this article on ‘The Real Reason You’ve Turned into an Insomniac’ on my other blog, Afternoon Tea4Two, as I was chatting about a Bubble Tea delivery but I thought I would repost to my Sleep Sunday post for my regular Sleep Sunday readers.

Are you struggling to get to sleep at night? Have you tried counting sheep and you still cannot drift off? The importance of a good night’s sleep should never be devalued. Your sleep will dictate how you feel the following day and it can also have a huge impact on your health.

Insomnia is a very common symptom in this modern age. The best way to properly cure insomnia is to change to a healthy lifestyle so that the cognitive reasoning of the brain remains intact.

In order to rectify your sleep issues, you need to figure out why you are having them to begin with, so let’s take a look…

Are you feeling stressed? – In most cases, people struggle to sleep because they are feeling stressed out. Stress is something more and more people are experiencing today. Are your troubles keeping you awake at night? If so, you need to find ways to de-stress. From yoga to breathing exercises, find out what works for you. 

You have no sleep routine – Do you find that you could go to sleep at 9 pm one night and then the following night you are awake past midnight? If so, this is probably why you are struggling to get to sleep at night. Having a consistent routine is important. We’d recommend getting a bubble tea delivery and having a nice mug to de-stress before bed.You exercise close to your bedtime  – When do you exercise? If your workout takes place within three hours of your bedtime, it is a good idea to try exercising earlier in the day to see if

this has a difference on your ability to sleep. You may find that you are able to drift off with greater ease. This is because we are often filled with energy and adrenaline after exercising. 

Your mattress is not comfortable – If you are to get to sleep in an evening, you need to make sure your mattress is comfortable. This is the most pivotal part of your sleeping routine. There are no right or wrongs regarding what sort of mattress you should choose. After all, we all have different levels of comfort. You can read as many mattress buying guides as you want, but until you test a mattress you will never truly know if it is right for you or not. 

The temperature is wrong – In addition to the points that have already mentioned, another element that could have an impact on your sleep is the temperature in the room. This is especially the case if the room is too hot. After all, we all know how restless we can get throughout the summer months. Making sure the temperature is cool and comfortable is a necessity if you are going to get to sleep with ease every evening. 

You play games on your smartphone before going to sleep – Last but not least, a lot of people are guilty of doing this! If you are, then you have probably found the reason why you cannot get a good night’s sleep. It is really difficult to get to sleep after using technology because of the light. Not only does it impact your ability to go to sleep, but it has an impact on your quality of sleep too.

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IT’S SLEEP SUNDAY – LETS TALK ABOUT INSOMNIA…

Many people suffer from insomnia and especially people suffering from chronic pain and fibromyalgia.

Insomnia is when either you cannot get to sleep when goin to bed, or you sleep a little then wake up and cannot get back to sleep again. Mayo Clinic wrote, ” Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep, or cause you to wake up too early and not be able to get back to sleep. You may still feel tired when you wake up. Insomnia can sap not only your energy level and mood but also your health, work performance and quality of life.”

Another sleep problem is something called sleep apnea. If you suffer from this then the person simply stops breathing for ten to sixty seconds at various times during the night. This can leave you feeling exhausted the next day. However, this problem can often be solved with weight loss and sleeping in a different position.

Snoring is another problem for many people with your own loud snore waking you up or your partners snores keeping you awake. Nowadays you can buy different products and pillow which can help with this. You can also try earplugs which is something I have used for years as my husband is a snorer.

Some fibromyalgia sufferers also suffer from unconscious jerking of the arms and legs. For light sleepers, this is enough to wake them from their sleep and then they have a problem going back to sleep again. There are some anticonvulsant medication a GP can give you for this.

Another problem is teeth grinding and something I have been told I do but it certainly doesn’t actually bother me. This can result in morning neck or jaw pain but a dentist can help you with this.

All of the above cause what doctors call non-restorative sleep which means your body does not feel restored after your sleep like it should do. This then has a knock on effect and does not lessen any of your muscle pain but instead leaves you feeling in more pain and fatigue.

Sleep is self initiated unconsciousness and it all happens in part of the brain called the hypothalamus. This part of your head controls your waking and sleep cycles as well as other things. Some experts are now saying that the sleep problems are a result of a neurochemical imbalance which is something fibromyalgia patients suffer from.

Serotonin seems to be the key to much of this type of sleep problem as it is one of those neurotransmitters that helps regulate your sleep patterns. Healthline have a list of five ways to boost your serotonin without medication. This includes the right food, exercise, spending time in the sunshine, supplements and massage.

Some common causes of insomnia not related to any condition include stress, travel or work schedule, poor sleep habits, eating too much late in the evening, medications, mental health disorders, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.

Source: Healthline, Mayo Clinic