- Did you know that nearly 80 million Americans report having sleep problems?
- I'm sharing my husband's sleep recovery story to hopefully encourage and inspire better sleep habits for everyone
- For him, among other things, reducing inflammation in the body greatly helped!
Did you know that nearly 80 million Americans report having sleep problems? I know this to be true on a personal level because I have a handful of friends and family members who struggle with sleeping well. My husband, Kevin, suffered from poor sleep, but he has made great strides towards rebuilding his sleep. I asked him if he would be willing to share a bit more and he graciously agreed! Read on to hear his story:
Kevin: I used to be a deep sleeper, but in my thirties, that changed dramatically. I think it switched in my 30s because by then I had spent nearly 20 years battling a stress-related illness while working subject to an irregular sleep schedule. In order to make it through each day during those years, I fed my lack of energy with sugar and caffeine. Part of the reason for this was that my stress levels made it very difficult to relax. So many nights I would stay up too late, making everything more challenging the next day.
It wasn’t until my 30s when I realized that the quality of my sleep had taken a turn for the worse. There were many nights on end during which it felt like I didn’t get any sleep at all. As a part of my overall wellness journey, I began to research and learn as much as I could about ways to improve sleep. I learned about the importance of sleeping in total darkness and at cool temperatures. I put up opaque shades to block out any street light, invested in grounding sheets to neutralize the negative charges from EMFs, and installed blue light filters on all my devices.
I had yet to address the ongoing stress that was leading to anxiety and the inability to fall and stay asleep. It wasn’t until I began to develop a wind-down routine and incorporating deep relaxation exercises when everything came together to make large strides towards improving my sleep quality.
As a part of my broader health journey, I’ve been on an anti-inflammatory diet, avoiding grains, dairy and even nightshade vegetables (as recommended by the auto-immune protocol). I have found that reducing inflammation in my body helps me sleep much better.
More recently, I’ve employed a sleep tracking device designed in Denmark. The tracking device has been a wonderful tool to help me determine the quality of my restfulness and stages of sleep each night. Now I’m able to identify cause and effect more thoroughly and make the necessary tweaks every day to continue enhancing my sleep quality.
Thanks for sharing Kevin! I have really learned so much from his journey. Together we encourage each other in building better sleep habits, like reducing screen time before bed and cutting off food within 3 hours of bedtime. It’s been good to learn about the importance of our sleep at this stage of our life. My hope is that you feel empowered to make whatever adjustments are right for you because everyone deserves the right to great sleep and glowing skin!