Don’t feel bad that you need more sleep then the recommended 8 hours! This is normal for us Endo ladies as the body is trying to heal and the liver is working overtime! This means we get tired easier and often don’t sleep as well as we should.
Here are some tips to help us sleep better, focusing on each sensory organ to get us there!
Avoid overstimulating the eyes with too much activity which could make it difficult to sleep. This means no TV or reading of heavy books just before bed. Give yourself some down time. Do some breathing exercises with your eyes closed or do some yoga. Lie on your bed, before getting into bed and place some cucumber on your eyes or put some cotton balls on your eyes which have been soaked in luke warm chamomile tea.
Don’t eat anything just before bed or at least 2hrs away from bed time. Have some soothing tea to help you sleep. Teas to help you sleep include: Chamomile flowers, lemon balm, passion flower, lemon verbena, valerian root and stevia leaf. I just read all those ingredients off a “sleep easy” tea I bought which is just wonderful. It is so nice and really helps me sleep much better!
If you are stiff or sore try and massage the area or even better, get someone to massage you! The sense of touch will instantly relax us and make us feel much more at ease and helps release some of the toxins. I use geranium or calendula oil on my shoulders, feet and tummy to release any tension from the day. Check out my free video footage on Mayan massage http://endoempowered.com/mayan-massage-free-video-footage/ and try it out for yourself!
If you have a noisy place, rather than getting annoyed with the noises, get something like an iPod, CD Player or whatever your choice and play some soothing rain sounds or rainforest frogs or something like that. I find some Enya is good and really help me sleep well – considering we are living in Auckland city at the moment.
I love playing with our sense of smell. The fun of trying different oils in my oil burner is fantastic. I love geranium, cedar, rosewood and of course lavender. There are so many out there, try different ones but the best ones for sleep are lavender and the deeper smells like Ylang Ylang. Anything that relaxes us. *Don’t use Lavender every night as it does stimulate oestrogen.
Sleeping well begins with a focus on relaxing the mind. This can be achieved so easily with these suggestions. Try them all in one night and see how amazingly well you sleep!
Let me know how it felt to try them all and sleep well.
Question: Do you struggle to sleep often? Is it more that you struggle to fall asleep or do you wake easily too?