Monday, January 3, 2011

The First Day

So...

I'm supposed to be only making one change a week, right? My planned first changes have fallen apart and been pushed back. The liquid vitamins won't be here until next week most likely. We've been wait-listed for Kendo. That means I need to pick something else.

So, let's see... Things I'll be doing over this next year...

Drink more water- at least 64 and preferrably 72 oz a day. Juice and other liquids are to not count.

Give up sugar- this one is going to be so hard for me! I need to do it as fully as possible for at least a month. Not quite ready for this one yet.

Eat more whole foods and less food with additives- already mostly doing this, going to fine tune it more.

Get better sleep- this is multi-part and I'll discuss it in depth later. For now, a simple start might be drinking a cup of chamomile tea daily half an hour before bed.

Exercise 6 days a week- I want to start with yoga, but need more healing time from the alien and robot attack that happened before the holidays. I'm sorry. I don't feel like walking until I replace my worn out shoes from last Christmas.

Stretch 7 days a week- um, yeah, see above.

So, I think I'll start with drinking a cup of chamomile tea daily before bed. Chamomile has been used for centuries to help alleviate anxiety and promote sleep. Some studies seem to show a correlation between the flavonoids chrysin and apigenin contributing to these effects. The aroma is often thought to be soothing. Plus, we all know a warm cuppa something is relaxing.

It's a place to start and I'll blog more about sleep when I find some, hopefully soon!

10 comments:

allhorsestuff said...

Blast the aliens and robots! Your start sound s good...I'm going to join you with the Chamomile + melatonin.

Good on ya!

oregonsunshine said...

I'm doing chamomile and Valerian. I don't like melatonin. I feel drugged the next day. Not so with Valerian. Plus, it has the added benefit of helping relax my muscles and lower my pain levels.

fernvalley01 said...

Might I suggest you try adding D Ribose to your regime ,maybe next week while you are waiting to get the liquid vittamins, it really does help and esp wioth energy levels and recovery from excercise here is some info
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cdncowgirl said...

I spray my pillow with a "relaxing" spray. I've also tried Lavender spray. Works for me, as long as I'm asleep before Pie starts snoring lol

In the past I was a HORRIBLE sleeper. I had wicked nightmares so I kinda "trained" myself to do with as little sleep as possible. That came back to bite me in the ass in more ways than one.
I do have some rules though, NO t.v. in the bedroom (when Pie & I moved in together just before we got engaged he did NOT like that rule! lol) and no more reading in bed. That was hard for me. Now that I sleep better (usually) I sometimes break the no reading rule.

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oregonsunshine said...

We don't have a tv in the bedroom. My issue is more the twitching, thrashing and constant movement I seem to do at night. Think restless leg syndrome, but full-bodied. My husband says it's like I'm replicating every move I made during the day again at night. And according to the Fibro book I just read, it's part of why I don't achieve that all important 4th stage of sleep.

Oh, I also took Valerian, which is supposed to be part of the "restoring sleep" therapy.

fernvalley01 said...

Magnesium citrate also works well to relax you at night , further helps with restlless muscle as MAg is actually a muscle relaxant , take it about 1.2 hour before bed, but be careful the Mag citrate powder can have a slight "cleansing effect (think green apple quick stept) in the morning as your body adjusts
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AKPonyGirl said...

I was going to suggest melatonin also. Maybe a smaller dose?

oregonsunshine said...

Melatonin leaves me feeling icky and drugged the next day. I'm one of those it doesn't work for.

Laura said...

Hope the tea and valerian helps you sleep better. I hate to say it, but I'm a great sleeper. I fall asleep easily 9/10 times and stay asleep. I don't have anything to suggest to help there...

Too bad about the kendo being delayed... Hopefully that works out soon. I've never tried it exactly, but used to take aikido and they did some kendo bits with wooden swords - very fun. And hard (but good) on the shoulders.