Posted 12/25/2015 11:37 AM (GMT -6)
For me, making sure I get dressed every day is a big deal. Sounds strange, but if I stay in my pj's and 'nod off' whenever, I have a lousy day and getting back on track is hard.
I heard that keeping the bedroom uncluttered would help, and for me, it does. Finding a nice scent, either as a room freshener or linen spray has been helpful too. I usually try to find lavender scented things as it is relaxing.
I keep the lights on throughout the house until "my" sunset time, then start turning them off a little at a time (especially helpful this time of year). I also use a full spectrum light in a special lamp.
I have sort of a 'ritual'. Tea around 4pm, then supper, then around 8:30 I put on my pj's. Just before bed I brush my teeth and my hair. I try to maintain this schedule as much as possible. If I can't fall right to sleep (usually it's hunger that keeps me 'fitful') I get up and drink a glass of milk.
I do NOT allow myself to nap during the day, as this will mess up my schedule. I might lay down on the sofa, just to rest, but not nap.
I also have a sound machine to help keep my mind from racing. It might be helpful to you.
Hope you find something that helps.
multiple surgeries for rotator cuff both shoulders with residual chronic impingement syndrome, ulnar nerve transposition, carpal tunnel release, wrist ganglionectomies/denervectomies/tenolysis, multiple herniated discs, tarlov cyst, whiplash, bursitis of hips, tendonitis, torus, 3rd degree shoulder separation, torn labrum, ovarian cysts, fibroid tumors of the uterus