Infertility- Sleeping on a Regular basis?
Sleeping is one of those fundamental requirements in life.
On a list of priorities, it's pretty high up there.
We all realize that we can't live with out food and water.
We don't often recognize our dependence on our breath and our sleep.
Maybe that sounds ridiculous.
Food and water are things that we need to actively seek out. We need to plan, buy, prepare and eat our food. If we don't, we're hungry. If we don't, we're not nurishing our bodies. If we don't, we end up very unhealthy. Food is a tough one, because we have to eat to live, but in our society, there are so many unhealthy choices that becoming overweight is a frequent problem. Eating for reasons other than hunger is very common. Many of us do that, rather frequently.
You don't really hear that about breathing, except from us crazy yogi's. Breathing is something that most of us don't over do. It's impossible to receive anything but healthy effects from breathing. Even if you breathe too much or too consciously, there are health benefits and very little downside.
Then we get to sleep.
And here's the thing. We do more if we sleep less.
Most of us are over busy and want to do more. Especially during the holiday season.
So we do more, we sleep less.
What else happens?
We are more irritable, less productive, less clear headed. Our blood levels are totally whacked out, as are our hormone levels (have you had an appointment with Carolyn Gundell MS, RMACT nutritionist?) and we age faster without the restoration that sleep offers.
Sleep is not what you should give up. Especially while you're trying to become pregnant.
A wise woman said to me recently that she values her sleep as much as she values her awake time. That she sleeps with as much integrity as when she is awake.
Do you have any ideas of how to sleep more or better? I'm happy to print them here. Let me know what you want on the list, so share with others.
Ladies Night In- tomorrow, December 14th- Norwalk, 10 Glover Avenue- 6:00 PM. Please join Carrie Van Steen and me. We'll eat, we'll talk, we'll laugh, we'll cry and more.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.