God Gives Practical Wisdom About Sleep
The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; and with all your acquiring, get understanding. – Proverbs 4:7
A final robber of sleep is just our own habits. There are many things we do regularly that can interfere with catching much needed Z’s. Here are practical areas to be aware of and modify to help improve the quality of our sleep.
No more drama- Let’s be honest. We all have guilty pleasures. It could be trashy reality TV or gripping network or Netflix dramas. Whatever it is, if its time slot is 9 or 10pm, it might be keeping us up at night. Sometimes the plot twists are too exhilarating to watch so close to bedtime. We are more concerned with what will happen in the next episode than how to calm our minds and prepare for the next day. Consider watching your favorite shows at an earlier time the following day or on a weekend, so you can quiet your mind before sleep.
Mind your liquids- As you might imagine, drinking any liquid too close to bedtime will increase your chances of needing to use the bathroom overnight. If you are already having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, a disruption like this will not help matters. Try to cut back on liquids at least a couple of hours before you say good night, so you are less likely to keep up overnight.
Limit uppers and downers- This is a common tip, but try to limit your caffeine intake, not just in the evening, but throughout the day as well. You might think can handle that afternoon cup of joe, but it might be enough to keep you up at night. You might also be mindful of caffeine in unexpected places such as medications (Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-land-nod/201405/10-reasons-you-cant-get-good-nights-sleep, May 10, 2016). Also, reconsider that night cap. While alcohol might help you feel relaxed, it can interfere with your sleep cycle as well (Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/features/dssleep/, May 10, 2016). Consider having that glass of wine with an earlier dinner time rather than so close to bed.
See a doctor- If you feel as though you have done all you can…if you skip that late night drama you love, you limit when you drink and what you drink, if you head off worry and stress with promises from the scriptures and you still cannot sleep, perhaps something is off balance biologically. Consult a medical professional to explore possible hormonal changes, neurological issues, undiagnosed medical or emotional conditions, etc. You might be driving yourself crazy trying to treat a symptom or identify a reason why when it was something that could be easily treated medically.