Getting enough sleep is often difficult for a writer. During the Christmas season it can be even more difficult. In addition to visions of candy canes and sugar plums dancing in our heads, we have plot points, character development, or the fear of that dreaded word—writer’s block.
Back on September 7, 2016 I wrote a blog about sleep. A Blessing or a Curse Ever since that blog was published, several people have shared different methods they’ve used to get those necessary ZZZs. I’ve tried most of those methods, and usually one or another will work, but lately I’ve had more trouble than usual and have ended up getting only four hours of sleep. (When that happens, I hate how I feel the next day.)
Since the Christmas Season seems to be a time when people find themselves stretched to their limits, I thought I’d revisit the topic of sleep.
The December 25, 2017 issue of the magazine First has an article on “Holiday Stress Enders.” I like the “cure” for insomnia that the article suggests. “To sleep deep,” the headline says, “Dig into dessert.”
The magazine states that British scientists have found that enjoying chocolate at night might help you drift off to sleep 20 minutes sooner. It’s evidently the blend of cocoa and sugar that does the trick. The combination switches off the production of orexin. (Orexin , according to wikipedia, is a neuropeptide that regulates arousal, wakefulness, and appetite.)
So hand over those brownies, I need a good night’s sleep.
I recently told a friend who is a yoga instructor that I often have trouble getting to sleep. She told me to practice my yoga breathing when I go to bed. (If you’re not familiar with yoga breathing, it’s a three-part-breath in which you slowly inhale through your nose, hold your breath for a few seconds, and then slowly exhale through your nose.) A better explanation can be found here: https://www.verywell.com/three-part-breath-dirga-pranayama-3566762
I do find it helps, but it doesn’t always lead to sleep.
Just recently I received a message from Frank, “The Sleep Judge.” He suggested I take a look at this article.
So I did take a look, and the article is great. It’s much more thorough than my blog on the topic. (It now has 45 tips.) If you’re having trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, take a moment to click on the above site or go to https://www.thesleepjudge.com/
Meanwhile, try to get enough sleep and enjoy a stress-free holiday season. This should be a time of joy.