Author Mary Francis

Sleep is Important by Mary Francis

Guest Blogger:  Mary Francis – Author and Speaker – Founder of  The Sisterhood of Widows

Today, I am sharing an article from my friend, author Mary Francis.  Mary has written a wonderful book,  The Sisterhood of Widows.   After twenty-seven years of marriage, at the age of 50, Mary became a widow.   

I hope that Mary’s words will bring comfort and encouragement to those of you who have experienced the loss of your spouse.   Please visit Mary’s website to read Mary’s story and take advantage of some of the great resources she offers.

“After suddenly becoming a widow I started interviewing other widows and I soon realized that their stories could help others. I started helping widows on their grief journey and it soon became my mission to create the ultimate resource site just for widows.” ~ Mary Francis

Sleep is Important

by Mary Francis

If you have chronic insomnia that is happening more than a couple of times a week and is negatively impacting your health you may have to get some help.

One of the first steps is to keep a sleep diary:

  • Record the time you go to sleep.
  • The amount of time it takes to fall asleep.
  • The time you wake up in the morning.
  • The number of times you woke up while sleeping.
  • The number of naps if any you took during the day.
  • Amount of alcohol and caffeine taken before bed time.
  • Any exercise – time and amount.

Once insomnia sets in a widow may develop anxiety about her ability to sleep normally again.  This anxiety can set off a vicious cycle of disrupted sleep, fearful thinking and worrying.

If your insomnia is getting worse you and your doctor may decide to consider prescription medications to help you sleep.  Use them wisely:  try to limit their use to several times per week or less and never exceed recommended doses.

If you prefer to choose natural products to induce sleep, you have some options that include hormones, herbal remedies and aromatherapy.

Helpful tips to get some healthy sleep:

  • Try to get at least 30 minutes of natural sunlight.
  • Don’t nap.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine later in the evening.
  • Before bedtime get into a restful mood – soothing music, warm bath, chamomile tea.
  • Set a regular sleep schedule.
  • Keep your bedroom quiet and restful.
  • If you don’t fall asleep after 15 minutes get back up and return to bed when sleepy.

Sleep needs tend to change as you age and being a grieving widow doesn’t help but you can reclaim your right to a peaceful night’s sleep.  If you don’t sleep soundly you are at increased risk of a shortened life span.  To live longer and better you need to get your sleep.

Could you use a little daily inspiration,

“Your Morning Latte” may be just what you need.

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