In 2005, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis which is an autoimmune disease. It’s a disorder in which the body turn’s against its own tissues, namely the thyroid.
This process usually leads to developing hypothyroidism, which is when the thyroid doesn’t make enough hormones for the body’s needs.
I had just had a baby 5 months prior to the diagnosis and thought that my symptoms were just a result of caring for an infant.
I felt like I was in a never-ending fog and thought I didn’t have what it took to be a mother to two children at the time because I always felt exhausted.
When the doctor finally found out the issue and we identified the root of my problem, there was a real sense of relief for me.
I received medical care and had to go on thyroid hormone replacement medication to get better.
It took over a year before I felt back to “normal” so to speak, but I will always feel some symptom or other from the condition for the rest of my life.
The reason why I am sharing this is because during the time I was really sick, I began to make napping a regular practice in efforts to heal my body. Napping ended up proving to be very beneficial for me.
Although, I don’t get to nap every single day, I make it a priority to get at least 20 minutes several times a week.
I have found that the benefits of napping outweigh the time it takes away from doing other things.
I do realize that some individuals find it difficult to fall asleep during the day. But if you are able to nap, I highly recommend it.
Here are just 3 benefits to napping:
1. It helps increase our emotional state.
2. It boosts our immune system.
3. It improves our bodies’ metabolism.
If you know anything about having a low production of thyroid hormones (which I won’t get into in this blog in order not to put you to sleep), you would realize that the above benefits really help alleviate the symptoms that come with having the disease.
If you want to start incorporating napping into your day, here are some strategies that could help you make that happen:
1. Schedule 10-30 minutes for your nap.
2. Find a place where you will be least likely to be interrupted.
3. Close blinds to minimize light that will disturb your sleep.
Of course just because you nap doesn’t mean you can neglect your nighttime sleep habits.
In fact, napping should just be a supplement to your nightly sleep and should be an enhancer to your rest.
If you are having difficulty sleeping at night, here are some things that I’ve incorporated myself that might help you get more quality sleep:
1. Exercise in the morning or no later than 4 hours before bedtime.
2. Turn off all devices (computers, phones, and yes even tablets such as kindles) at least one hour before bedtime.
3. If you must leave your phone on, put it somewhere that notifications that come through during the night won’t wake you up.
Sleep deprivation can not only lead to illness but it minimizes productivity and makes us less effective in our day to day lives.
So if you really want to ramp up your ability to be more mentally, emotionally and physically healthy, take it from me and increase the amount of sleep you get.
Comment below and share any strategies you have that help you get more rest.