Did you ever feel like you have no energy left even though you’re hugging a ginormous cup of coffee? Your entire body turns fluid when you approach the bed and you just want to lie down and not have to wake up to face a new day. I used to feel like this and it took me a long time to realize that it wasn’t just because I was working late.
Sleep disorders are difficult to diagnose on your own. We live in this crazy world where it’s absolutely normal to feel tired more often than not. However, when you constantly feel that the weight of the entire world is on your shoulders, you should talk to a specialist.
I had my disorder for years but it got worse as I moved into my mid-thirties. Yes, a woman of this age will feel tired and washed up from time to time; but when you feel you can’t get out of bed because you’re so tired that you have no energy left, there is a problem that goes beyond your busy schedule.
Now that I know and understand what such a problem can do to you and your loved ones, I decided to share the steps I took to overcome it. My hope is that other people will find them useful and will be able to improve their sleep by following them.
#1: I talked to a Professional
It’s important to understand that a sleep disorder can’t be diagnosed (or even discovered) by a general practitioner. This type of problem can only be found if a specialist monitors your sleep. You can get a recommendation from your primary doctor, go to a sleep specialist directly or go to a sleep clinic in your area.
#2: Sleep Monitoring
The data collected by a sensor during your sleep is important in showing the first warning signs and you won’t feel its presence. The sensor can be worn on your wrist (like a fitness bracelet) or can be embedded in the mattress. There’s also an option for installing a thin pad under the sheets.
#3: Sleep Ambiance
My bedroom was not designed to accommodate only the sleeping side of my life. I also had a desk in there for various tasks I could tackle in the evening and a TV to watch the news or a movie. There were always other activities close by so my attention was distracted from sleeping.
With my sleep disorder, I learned the importance of ambiance. The bedroom needs to be quiet, well ventilated and dark. The bed must also be comfy, so make sure your mattress accommodates your needs. A good mattress should support your back and offer pressure relief when you lie down.
#4: Keep Devices Away
Yes, devices do keep us up and trouble our sleep! First, if you tend to fall asleep while the TV is still on, you won’t manage to get to that deep sleep cycle that helps you feel rested and refreshed in the morning.
Second, most people sleep with a phone by their side which is not good practice. You’ll be bothered by every new email or notification. There’s also the tendency to keep scrolling (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) until you fall asleep. The brightness of the screen and the new information you’re getting may have the opposite effect.
My battle with my sleep disorder ended when I finally had the courage to acknowledge it and do something about it. Don’t put yourself down because some people consider this a weakness. It isn’t and it takes a lot of courage to take it by the horns!