Sleep and relaxation
Getting enough rest each night and learning how to relax can help you to relieve the stresses of the day and cope with a long-term condition such as acromegaly.
Below are some tips on how to improve your sleeping habits and relax.
How can I improve my sleeping habits?
In the morning
- Wake up at the same time each day, regardless of the amount of sleep you’ve had
- Open the curtains and get as much natural light as you can
In the daytime
- Limit naps in the afternoon to 30 minutes
- Limit alcohol and caffeine in the afternoon and evening
- Relax before going to bed by taking a warm bath, lowering the lights and doing activities like reading, listening to music and meditating
- Turn off all screens, including mobile phones and other devices, computers and the television, at least 1 hour before going to bed
- Use your bed for sleep and intimacy only
- If you can’t fall asleep after 20 to 30 minutes, get out of bed and do something relaxing until you feel sleepy and go back to bed
- Only go to bed when you feel sleepy, regardless of what time it is
What are the benefits of relaxation?
- Lowered stress levels
- Reduced levels of fatigue
- Takes your mind off other problems
- Helps you deal with difficult emotions
- Helps you feel good and more in control of your situation
- Mindfulness (being in the moment)
- Tai Chi
- Music therapy
- Progressive muscle relaxation
*Consider joining a local class or group to learn about these relaxation techniques. There are also many meditation and relaxation technique programs you can download, buy on CD or DVD, or watch for free on the Internet.
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