Sleep is far more imortant than most people realize. If you sleep less than the 8-9 hours a night your body needs, or if your sleep is disrupted, even a little. Your ability to function the next day is diminished more than you’d expect. You might feel like you’re performing OK, but you’re really measurabily impaired. That’s just for normal people.

For us with Chronic Illness, sleep is at least as critical, and harder to come by as sleep disturbances are part of our symptomology.

I have a few tidbits that might help you out.

Firstly, you’re probably using electronics at night, and that’s probably messing you up. This is because light, and specifically BLUE light, surpresses Melatonin (a hormone your body creates sleepy-time) production, and keeps you up.

The ideal solution is to leave electronics out of the bedroom, but I’m using my laptop in bed at midnight to write this, so who am I to say.

The next best solution is to use something like Fl.ux which is a free software app that automatially adjusts the color temperature of your screen depending on the time of day. If you’re using an IOS device, you can enable a feature called “night shift” which does pretty much the same thing.

Just a few more tidbits on sleep.

Kava Kava root (I use an extract) is great for sleep in addition to anxiety-relief and cognition enhancement.

Also Vitamin D supplements have recently been shown to be beneficial to sleep.

For me, even all this isn’t enough, so I top it off with Klonopin and Ambien.

Hope this helps!
Sleep well my friends!