I AM A SONIC BOOMER, NOT A SENIOR... In this blog, I am writing to and for those who believe that the Boomers will change what the word Senior means. I also believe that Boomers will change what retirement means in our society. The blog is also for those who are interested in what life after retirement may look like for them. In this blog I highlight and write about issues that I believe to be important both for Seniors and working Boomers.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Many of my friends have problems sleeping, so I thought I would give a few tips over the next few posts about how to get a better nights sleep, which at my age I really need.
1. Avoid Late Nights Snacks You might think your tummy is rumbling, but it really may be boredom. Especially if it’s late at night. When you eat and then lay down, the digestion of the food can cause problems. A late night snack may cause you to get heartburn or acid reflux. Falling asleep may be rough when your insides are burning. Eat an earlier snack or wait for breakfast to eat so you sleep well.
2. Skip Caffeine After Dinner
You ate a big dinner and feel a little sluggish. For a pick me up, you have a cup of coffee or a glass of soda. Wrong! That little bit of caffeine after dinner may keep you awake all night. By the time the pick me up takes effect, it will be close to bedtime. Caffeine not only keeps your body awake, but your mind too. You may have trouble falling asleep, and when you do, it may be restless and full of strange dreams. Skip the caffeine until breakfast to have sweet dreams.
3. Eat a Small Dinner
A small dinner before bedtime can help in more ways than you think. You won’t feel sluggish and in need of a pick me up, you won’t blow a diet plan and you’ll feel hungry for a snack earlier! Smaller meals typically digest easier, preventing any problems from creeping in during dreamtime!
4. Skip Nicotine
Nicotine products can interfere with a good night’s sleep. The nicotine in cigarettes and tobacco products is addicting, and if indulged before bedtime, can make the body experience withdrawals right away that interfere with sleep. If you need to use tobacco products, use them an hour or so before you are planning to go to bed. This will give your system adequate time to process the nicotine and withdrawal without harming sleep.
5. Eat an Early Dinner
The sooner you can begin your digestion, the sooner you can have a snack. Early snacks have the proper amount of time needed to digest before laying down, preventing heartburn. Early dinners also burn off more calories, keeping you healthier too!
6. Avoid Greasy Food at Dinner
Does it feel like a huge grease ball is sitting in your stomach? No matter which way you turn, you can’t get comfortable. After tossing and turning for hours, you get up to find the proper medicine to make it feel better. If you had skipped the big, late and greasy meal, you would be blissfully into dreamland by now.
7. Try Relaxing Music
A song can soothe the soul. At least for some people. Classical music CD’s playing quietly can set the mood to sleep peacefully at night. In addition, studies have shown that playing them while your baby sleeps improves their think patterns. If it can help them so much, it can’t hurt you either! If the mood is peaceful and relaxed, and if you wake up during the night, you may fall back to sleep easier since it still remains peaceful and relaxed.
8. Hot Tea or Milk
There is an old wives’ tale that says to drink warm milk before bedtime to help you sleep. You can try it, but a cup of decaffeinated tea may taste better. A warm drink warms your insides, but don’t drink too much to fill your tummy. That could put you right back to having acid reflux, which hurts!
9. Limit Your Beverages
This goes against a few tips, but only a little. If you need warm tea or milk to fall asleep, drink in moderation. Drinking a gallon of warm milk will fill your bladder up in a few hours. Having to get up and go to the bathroom during the night doesn’t make for restful sleep. If you need to sip something, sip in small quantities.
10. Read a Book
This tip needs to be followed with caution. Pick a book where you can read a few pages or chapters each night before bed. The quiet time relaxes your body and mind and focuses on what you are reading. Your body will fall asleep faster in a relaxed state and remain that way all night. However, if you choose a very interesting or scary book, the effects may reverse! You may stay up too late to finish it or be too scared to sleep!