Saturday, 7 January 2017

Sweet Dreams - I wish!!

There is nothing most of us appreciate more than a good nights sleep. I,  like many others, do not function too well without my eight hours of sleep. Sadly there are times in our life when things do not always go to plan and we do not get our sweet dreams. I remember being so tired after my babies were born that I walked around like a zombie for a number of weeks, too tired to fall asleep, so tired all you want to do is cry.

Last month I had an horrendous cold, I could not sleep. I spent nearly two weeks propped up on four pillows coughing my head off unable to breathe. It makes for a long long night. There are times like that I wish I had an Adjustamatic bed, would be interesting to see how much less coughing I may have done in a bed that keeps you upright.  I have to admit after trying for an hour every night I made my kindle my best friend. I read, I watched episodes on Netfix and Amazon Prime, as well as listening to audio books that I downloaded from the library. This did help to make the night more tolerable. Sadly from there it got worse, in week three of my cold I got bacterial conjunctivitis on top of everything else, this made my eyes so sore I could not read, I could not bear the light and I was too sore and uncomfortable to use my computer or watch episodes on the kindle. I also found by the end of two courses of both antibiotics and steroids that my restless legs were a problem again. I had managed to get the problem under control with magnesium and a Vitamin B complex as recommended by my GP, but I guess the other medication messed with the balance, again a bed with a foot end that can be risen would help there as well.

I am glad to say all these episodes were short lived but for many people it is not, there are various causes of insomnia. Sometimes this can be due to illness or pain but it could also be down to the way people sleep. There are varying theories on how warm your bedroom should be, whether you should have technology in your room, and many other thoughts about quilts and pillows.

There are things we can do to help ourselves get a better nights sleep, I was sent this video to watch the other day

and have to say I was amazed at how much of it I actually do right. I sleep with two pillows and they recommend one so I fail there, but I cuddle a pillow when lying on my side and I also sleep with a pillow between my knees. As Meatloaf said two out of three ain't bad. 

How do you sleep with your pillows? Do you wake up refreshed or still tired? I think when it is a long term problem most of us would try anything for a good nights sleep.

This is a collaborative post.

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