Hi Lovelies, I'm still working on my sleep issues.
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As promised, below is what Edwina wrote to help:-
Hi Rebecca, dropping you a message with a few tips that I found have really helped me with insomnia/anxiety, which I've suffered from myself. Definitely sounds like you're 'tired and wired' and/or have adrenal fatigue. The app Pzizz is excellent, it's a sleep app, probably one of the best out there, it's on Google Play, it might also be in the AppStore. There is a free trial of the paid for 'Pro' version and a classic version option which is always free. I came across it when I was researching natural methods to relieve the symptoms of the menopause. Also if you want to avoid prescription sleeping tablets maybe try Valerian tea or supplements (but not while on prescription medication for sleep/anxiety). I'm on anxiety medication for years, once you're on them for a while it's very hard to come off them, the withdrawal is not nice to say the least. Rescue Remedy Night is great for slowing down the mind at night or Original Resue Remedy is great for anxiety (Back flower remedies) not sure if you can get them off the shelf in Canada. Take magnesium supplements, we're all not getting enough magnesium in our diets as it has been depleted from soil over time, very beneficial for sleep and so much more. For when you do need to look at your phone/computer screen there are apps you can use to mask the blue light in the screen that triggers the hormone that tells your body to wake up, the app applies an amber tone over the screen which counter acts the blue light. Using this flilter on all your screens at all times of the day should reduce the stimulating effect of the blue light. Over exposure to blue light triggers adernal fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and depression. Of course as your doctor recommends, don't look at the phone for at least 2 hours before bed, instead use this time to do a wind down/self care routine such as lavender/magnesium/Epsom salts bath and body lotion, read, drink sleep beneficial herbal teas such as Valerian/camomile, meditate, listen to calming music, journaling, yoga for sleep - see Yoga with Adriene on YouTube. Also stating the obvious here, cut out caffeine and alcohol in all shapes and forms as it contributes to adrenal fatigue. Audio books are also a great alternative to the TV or if you don't feel like reading, I'm currently listening to Oprah's 'What I know for sure' on Amazon's Audible at the moment, narrated by the great lady herself, highly recommend the book or audio. I've often dozed off listening to a great audio book when finding sleep was a struggle. Another brilliant book is 'Self-Care for the Real World' by Katia Narain Phillips and Nadia Narain, fantastic tips and wisdom in it, there's no book out there to match it, Kate Moss apparently bought this book for each one of her friends after she had read it. Last but not least consider a digital detox - not easy to do with work and your social media and vlogging , even if just for a long weekend, it might help get the sleep back on track. That's my 2 cent worth anyhow! Hope there might be a nugget in there that helps! Fingers crossed you'll be having lots of lovely Zzz Zzz Zzz soon! Edwina x
Divorced, a Cancer Survivor and hitting her 30's in a less than ideal circumstance, Rebecca thought that surely there must be other women who share the same predicament. In her quest to find serenity, going it alone, doing more with less and following her dreams, (amidst her set backs), she has found a space in the Blogsphere and Vlogsphere to document the things that make her happy and, what she struggles with.
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