It’s hard to get some sleep when you have lost a loved one.
Does this sound like you: You lay in bed watching the clock wondering if the night is ever going to end? You’re so tired you can’t physically get going, but your mind will not shut down. You toss and turn and the bed is so empty beside you.
If your insomnia is getting worse, you and your doctor may decide to consider prescription medications to help you sleep. Use them wisely: try to limit their use to several times per week or less and never exceed recommended doses.
If you prefer to choose natural products to induce sleep, you have some options that include herbal remedies and aromatherapy. Check out all the options available to you and discuss them with your doctor.
Sleep needs tend to change as you age and grieving doesn’t help, but you can reclaim your right to a peaceful night’s sleep.
Helpful tips to get some healthy sleep:
- Try to get at least 30 minutes of natural sunlight every day.
- Don’t nap.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine later in the evening.
- Before bedtime get into a restful mood – soothing music, warm bath, chamomile tea.
- Set a regular sleep schedule.
- Keep a journey and before bed write out all your thoughts.
- Keep your bedroom quiet and restful.
- If you don’t fall asleep after 15 minutes get back up and return to bed when sleepy.
If you don’t sleep soundly you are at increased risk of a shortened life span. To live longer and better you need to get your sleep.