In today’s podcast we discuss Freyja’s recent blog post: Hypermobility Type Ehlers-Danlos: Overcoming Insomnia. Please note: This information is for anyone who suffers from insomnia, not just the EDS population.
For many people- especially those living in chronic pain- restful sleep can be a bit of a unicorn. The irony of being tired to the bone but unable to achieve restful sleep is not lost on anyone who experiences insomnia. Although getting to the root of it can be challenging due to the countless variables that can influence it, in this podcast we discuss the 10 natural solutions that Freyja outlines in her article. If sleep can be a challenge for you, tune in to learn some new strategies to overcome insomnia!
0:00 – Freyja’s history with sleep & the intention of this article and podcast
We then discuss the main points of the Overcoming Insomnia article:
7:45 – Get outside and seek daylight
9:30 – Move your body
11:10 – Reduce your daytime breathing rate
17:10 – Check your water and caffeine intake
21:15 – Eat dinner early; really early
25:25 – Eat well and consider magnesium
28:30 – Ditch screens and use airplane mode
32:00 – Weighted blankets, bolsters, and pillows, oh my
38:35 – Emotions and language
42:25 – Engage your senses and embrace practice
We then finish up with a few takeaway notes:
47:50 – Our sleep book recommendation:
– Why We Sleep, by Dr. Matthew Walker
48:15 – Dain’s key piece of advice to improve sleep
49:15 – Freyja’s key piece of advice to improve sleep
51:00 – A quick wrap-up from Freyja on overcoming insomnia
Further Reading & Listening:
Article: Your Guide to Better Sleep
Podcast: Breathing Techniques with Leo Ryan
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