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3/19/13 2:56 P

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Julia. All your suggestions were excellent. All those strategies have helped me too which is how you prefaced your advice. We can't diagnose and we can't say someone should take xyz, but we can sure share ideas and what has helped us. That is what you did. Thank you.

Thanks for the reminder about the epsom salts and back pain. I take magnesium supplements for vertigo, and wonder if a poultice by my offending ear would help.

Also, I love the way it feels in the tub. It makes the water feel silky. I might just pamper my back and skin too.



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3/19/13 2:51 P

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Sorry I have been absent. I blogged about it, so won't go into it here.
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Check out this challenge, It helped me.

Is your mattress the culprit? You may need to put about 5 inches of memory foam on it. I have been sleeping on a futon and my back is hurting. I did not have that problem with my memory foam mattress. Is the mattress sagging? Definitely change it out even if you have to start a lay away plan. This is medical.

Are you tightening your mask too tight? That could be causing restlessness.

Do you eat or drink anything before bed? No food and nothing but water or milk three hours before bed.

Do you play with or watch electronic devices? An hour before bed, turn down and off all electronics. Pick up a boring book to read or and here is the exception. Turn on a meditation tape. There are a billion good ones on you tube. Just close your eyes and listen. keep the bright light off your face.

Are you still eating processed foods, sugar or wheat? Changing my diet was the best help for my sleep. Sugar and overeating both cause a lot more electrical activity in my brain.

Are you seeing a light show of fireworks behind your eyes when you shut them? Food has a huge influence on the level of brain activity.

Let me know what some of your specific issues are and I will try to link you to helpful articles .



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3/11/13 10:44 A

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Me too...it is very exhausting

Lana, taking life one day at a time, working through pain and stress towards a more healthy me :)


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3/11/13 8:15 A

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Those sound like good suggestions. I wish I could offer something, but I have no ideas.

Losing sleep every night wears you down. I hope you get the relief you need.



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3/11/13 7:19 A

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I've never tried lavender oil so that sounds good, and I had never heard of Epsom salts for back pain...so I will have to try those. I live close to Winnipeg Canada so have access to gyms, but sometimes trips to the city depend on the weather. Besides the gym I used to have a membership to wasn't all that exciting and didn't offer all the classes you might find in a larger gym.
Thanks for your input Julia. Lavender oil here I come :)

Lana

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3/10/13 11:04 P

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Wow, sounds like you have a lot on your plate! I feel for you!

I can't say this is a sure-fire cure, but what about some gentle Yoga or Pilates, na maybe Yogs or like Tai Chi? You don't say where you are, if near a gym that teaches such classes, and with husband in poor health, likely you can't get out on your own much? But there are videos of both types of stress relief, and some Yoga poses work specifically to strengthen your back gently (other poses require greater strength, so that is where having access to a teacher who can guide you is better.). Once the back quits hurting somewhat, then that will be one less stress of a physical sort?!

Anyway I don't know if these are good suggestions or might have to figure out how to make those work. I know some of the poses are on YouTube and even SparkPeople has a bunch of videos along the lines of stretches and stress relieving gentle exercise. So that may be a place to start?

When I'm tired and dressed, I like to use Lavendar oil before bed - sniff some of it first on deep breaths before I put mask on. Or if I forget, it also works by intake on skin of palms and bottoms of feet. (or a soaky tub bath with a few drops sprinkled in!).

I'm also a big believer of taking baths with Epsom salts to soothe my back - the magnesium in the Epsom salts relaxes muscle tension (calcium makes muscles contract, magnesium makes them relax. Its like a yin-yang thang with me! Heh!)

Hope you can get some good rest soon!!

Julia

Edited by: PROVERBS31JULIA at: 3/10/2013 (23:05)
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But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
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3/10/13 8:25 A

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I haven't been able to sleep well for a long time. I have a cpap machine and it is working fine according to the clinic people, but my sleep is little or none. I lay there tossing and turning, and feel exhausted the next day. When evening comes I am so tired and drowsy I can't even sit and enjoy tv with my family. Actually there are days where I can't even make it through the afternoon without feeling exhausted.

There are factors here to consider is guess. One is stress. My husband is going through bad health issues with his heart and his breathing. I worry about him constantly. Second I am in constant pain with my back. I have hurt it so often when I was younger it is a constant source of discomfort and has arthritis now.

My doctor has tried sleeping pills, depression medicine, And none of it has worked. I don't know how much more my body can take. I try reading, drinking herbal tea without success. My sleep, if any, is so broken up I don't feel as though I have slept much at all. Anyone who has ideas are more than welcome to share. I have lost close to 20 pounds since last summer but if I don't start getting some sleep I may gain it back and I don't want that.

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