Enough. Enough bleary-eyed wakeups feeling more tired than when you went to bed. This isn’t one of those righteous blogs that tell you to avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugar. Nope. For January’s Squint-Eyed Look at Changing Yourself, we’ll grab Morpheus by the dreadlocks and wrestle a goodnight’s sleep out of him.
GOB UP ON TRYPTOPHAN
You know how a hefty dose of turkey leaves you hibernating like a hungover bear? That’s because your body can’t cook up one of its 9 essential amino acids. (Thus genetically interlocking us to the turkeys of the world.) Our hallowed torsos need the tryptophan from proteins to produce the joy-juice of serotonin (also a sleep inducer). So keep an emergency pack of turkey-bird on hand to gorge on those rough nights.
Remember your 5th grade health class? If you follow all the baloney you learned when you were 10 years old, you’ll be in decent shape. If you’re waking up because your legs want to do a dance or your muscles are cramping, increasing dairy products may help. A big bowl of cheese, yogurt, and dark-green leafy vegetables will increase your calcium/magnesium intake. Sprinkle it with turkey for a sleep-combo meal.
CAUTION: Don’t abuse the Dairy. Too much tryptophan from too many sources shuts off the serotonin factory and creates muscle. So just knock-it-off unless you want to wake up looking like a slam-head wrestler (but don’t think about that…it won’t help you sleep).
Rearrange Your Bedroom
According to feng shui experts, your bedroom door should be hidden and the bed shouldn’t be directly in front of the door, but off to the side. This positioning decreases anxiety of intrusion. There’s also a lot advice about decluttering, but straightening up the room makes me tired and I fall asleep in the process…so mission accomplished.
COLOR ME SLEEPY
Use skin-colored sheets. Beige, chocolate brown, peach, terracotta. Allegedly this helps your sleep attitude. I don’t know why. I can’t see the sheets in the dark, but supposedly my skin can. However, I find it’s still good advice because colored sheets don’t show the stains from eating the turk-yogurt-leafy green entrée in bed.
RESTORATIVE YOGA POSES
Inversions for 5-10 minutes which place your pelvis higher than your head supposedly balance hormone levels. This reduces brain arousal and blood pressure. Do not stay upside down so long you pass out. That’s not the same as sleeping.
You know how I hate change, but maybe these alterations to your routine can put an end to your nightmarish crawl through sleep. If not …do what I do…get up and blog.