If you have more stress in your life than you can deal with, isn’t it time to take action? As we discussed last week in our blog “Is Your Bucket Full?” it’s time to empty the bucket and start introducing healthy activities, nutrition, and habits to carry on to a new and healthy you.
Sleep plays a vital role in the healing and transformational process. If you are not getting an adequate amount of rest, you aren’t allowing your body to recharge and you’re bound to feel stressed, overwhelmed and fatigued. Remember……lifestyle changes are the key to any effective therapy and making positive changes will improve your success to a new healthy you.
Are you getting enough sleep?
Insomnia is very common in adrenal fatigue. Getting enough sleep and practicing good, consistent sleep habits play a huge role in your journey to overcome adrenal fatigue. But, be patient with yourself, as you move towards recovering and practice other healthy tips, sleep will come too.
What can you do to get the most sleep possible?
- Be in bed by 10:00pm. The best healing sleep happens between 10:00pm – 2:00am.
- Give yourself at least 8 hours to sleep each night. While this can be hard because of the insomnia, if you consistently give yourself 8 hours to sleep your sleep cycle will transition and reset itself.
- Establish and stick to a daily routine. Going to bed at the same time and waking up at the same time 7 days a week allows your sleep cycle to know what to do when.
- Listen to your body. A desire to nap during the day is your body’s alarm system warning you that it needs some down time. A 20-30 minute nap and relaxation time may be just what you need to relieve the daily stress your body has experienced.
It’s important in the healing process to at least give yourself the chance to sleep. Don’t give up before you put in the effort. You will make mistakes along the way and have a bad day or bad week, that’s okay. The important part is that you don’t give up; instead, you get back on the horse and ride again! Before you know it, you will have a routine down, your body will begin its readjustment and you will wake feeling better than you ever have before!
This is the second of our four part series on how to transition your lifestyle to overcome adrenal fatigue. Check out our blog next week for details on eating and how it affects adrenal fatigue.