Earlier this week we posted an article from the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) in the U.S., about not sleeping well and which foods to avoid before bedtime.
For many months now, we have seen comment after comment from our Olderhood members about their inability to sleep, or at least sleep through the night. It is a common, very common problem amongst us Oldsters.
We watch all the posts coming in to out Olderhood International Club and we regularly see posts from Members as 4 a.m. their time, or 5 a.m. Obviously they are not sleeping at that time. So, they are on Facebook sending messages, talking to people etc.
Most people would try as much as possible to avoid taking sleeping pills, either over-the-counter or prescribed. Yet, in some cases, if the lack of sleep is causing other medical issues then perhaps there really is no alternative. For a reasonable period of time, this may be the only solution.
Yet the variety of suggestions and ideas about how to get sleep “naturally” is staggering.
Foods to eat, foods not to eat, drinks to have, things to do, things not to do, have a bath, eliminate stress, exercise, meditate, read, watch tv, be on the laptop, not be on the laptop and on and on. The list is endless.
There is no universal answer to the problem. Solutions vary not only between one person and another, but can also vary in the same person between one week and another. The trouble is that we try something new and it works, so we keep doing it… then a few days later we have a bad night’s sleep, so we ditch that idea.
Perhaps rather than find the magic sure, we maybe just have to accept that some night’s we will sleep well and some night’s we won’t. If you are already retired and as such, probably don’t have a day job, this approach is fine. No need to dash off at 7 in the morning and try to do a full day’s work.
Many people laugh at those of us Oldsters who take a small nap in the afternoon. But the reality is that if we are not sleeping well at night, yet our body still needs good rest, then perhaps the afternoon nap is useful.
Of course, critics of the nap advocate that by having the nap in the afternoon, the body isn’t tired enough at night to go the full distance. They could be right. In other words the solution is causing the problem in a revolving cycle. However, most of us will gladly take the nap and make the best of the nocturnal pattern.
Certainly if we can do without the nap, then the tiredness factor at night may give us those precious 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep. But if we feel we need the nap to “catch up” then accept it and move on. Don’t stress about being thought of as “wimpy”… you’re not at all.
Ask yourself this question:-
“Do I really want to make sure that my body gets as much rest as possible regardless of how I get it .…?
Next week we’ll continue to explore more of the positive ways you can change your life and find deep, sustainable HAPPINESS in a variety of everyday things in your life …. right now.
We hope you’ll join us.
“May you have Happiness all your Life”
The Olderhood Team.