Now that I’ve told you about my on-going battle with sleeplessness and insomnia, and the issues I had with taking Ambien, I’d like to talk about some of the things that I have tried, or am currently trying, to help me get a better night’s rest.
I don’t want it to ever seem like I’m only talking about what didn’t work—I also want to follow up as much as possible with solutions to the problems that I’ve experienced.
I’ve done a lot of research on the topic of sleeplessness, and ways to treat it. Some of the theories definitely apply to me, so I’m giving them a try and I will tell you about how they go. Other ideas might not relate to my situation, but I will still tell you what I’ve found, because I want to get as much information out there as possible about this condition. Believe me, I’m always on the hunt to find something that will help both me and other women who toss and turn for most of the night.
For example, I just read about a study of about 70 people that was conducted by researchers from Wayne State University in Indiana and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden that found that talking on your cell phone before bedtime may disrupt your sleep.
What the researchers found is that radiation from our cell phones can cause insomnia, headaches, and confusion, and may reduce the amount of deep sleep, which in turn affects the body’s ability to refresh itself.
Talk about seeing yourself in what you’re reading—I talk on my cell phone all of the time, and I even keep it on my nightstand. But not anymore! I’ll update you in a future blog on whether going cold turkey with my nighttime cell phone use helps me sleep better.
Another thing that I found to be very interesting while doing research on insomnia and sleeplessness is that it appears to be linked to sleep apnea. So if you are sleep deprived and not sleeping well, I think it’s worth going to a sleep clinic to be tested. If you do have sleep apnea, it can be treated with a couple of different devices—including a new type of oral appliance that may be just as effective as the bulkier and more traditional CPAP machine.
I’ve also read a lot about sleeplessness and exercise.