Ah, the joys of being a Grandma....until those days when you haven't slept but 4 hours. Don't you hate not sleeping? Tossing and turning until the clock says 12:30 am, 2:00, 3:30, and then finally 4:00?
What in the world has happened to my sleep patterns? When I was a young woman, very young, I could go to sleep at nine or ten at night and sleep straight through twelve hours of time. Oh, for those days! Now I'm lucky if I get seven hours, that constitutes an entire night for me now. Granted, I am a night owl. Seldom do I sleep before 1:00 am. But then I can sleep until 7:30 or 8:00 easily. I used to think I would never be one of those people who can't sleep, or don't require as much sleep. But here I am.
What is the solution? I've come across a few. Chamomile tea helps a little to get me to sleep. A good foot soak with magnesium salts does a lot of good, or a bath is better. The magnesium helps you calm and get to sleep and continues in your bloodstream to help you stay asleep. It seems the pores in your feet are larger than most of the rest of your body, so the magnesium can be absorbed by the body easier. Also, computer use late at night, will ensure I'm up for hours longer. So, cutting off the screen about nine, no playing on the IPhone, and turning the tv off helps. I do read on my Kindle. I don't have a white screen, but a grey screen and it doesn't seem to bother me as much. Last but not least, is prayer. I can start praying and usually fall asleep praying. I heard years ago that if you fall asleep praying, your guardian angel finishes your prayers for you. That's a comforting thought. But something about praying helps calm me. It works wonders.
I hope these tips help. I know many of you are younger Mom's, but these tips will help anyone, so you might try them out on those nights when your energy isn't winding down with your mind.
Until next time.
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