Creating A Sanctuary

Or back to the master bedroom.

As I’ve mentioned here many times I’m always tired. I’m also always cold but that’s another thing. Twenty plus years ago I had my thyroid removed due to cancer. It’s was a whole thing that continues forever. I take a synthetic thyroid hormone that is supposed to replace what my thyroid made. It isn’t the same. My blood tests are in the normal range but I still have symptoms. My doctors and I have gone around and around about this. Anyway my sleep has been miserable off and on. I try to limit caffeine to early in the day. I spend evenings relaxing. The newest thing I’m trying is a bedroom that is for sleeping. Very limited screen use. No tv. No knitting. Only the reading of real books. After a few nights I do notice a difference. I’ve fallen asleep easier and I have only had one night where I was awake for a couple hours in the early morning. Will this work? Who knows but I’ve got to try something.

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22 Responses to Creating A Sanctuary

  1. M-R says:

    I have a totally successful – for me and for many people with whom I’ve spoken about this – way of getting to sleep, OK ? ๐Ÿ™‚
    Get yourself an audio book. It doesn’t matter HOW you listen to it: I’ve fallen asleep with my iPod talking into my head, and also with my laptop playing the book and no headset of any kind involved. Make sure it’s an audiobook that will interest you, because anything that doesn’t won’t have the same effect.
    If this doesn’t work I’ll throw a garden party.


  2. Mama Cormier says:

    I’m not sure you can get this but it’s legal in Canada. My husband has terrible anxiety and has trouble sleeping so he’s starting taking a THC paste that gives him the best sleep ever. It’s non addictive and relatively inexpensive.


  3. No TV or screen makes me sleep way better, I hope your sleep continues to get better.


  4. salpal1 says:

    Now I see why you have no tv up there. It looks calm and restful. You need to find a comfortable place with good light to knit, now. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. What puts me to sleep is Sudoku – occupies the mind enough to turn off it spinning.

    May you find what works for you!

    Yes – comfortable knitting spot. Good light, places for pattern/stitch markers/yarn bowl, etc., comfortable seating; I don”t own a TV, but if you enjoy watching while knitting, that can be figured out.

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  6. Alissa Head says:

    I hope this works for you!

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  7. Fingers crossed that this sorts out all your sleep problems ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Katherine says:

    Sorry to hear of your struggles, NBK… (I’m a newer follower, so i wasn’t aware.) You may have seen at my site that i can relate to surviving cancer and having permanent repercussions. I hope you find something in the suggestions from followers that helps with sleep.

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  9. Apparently screens are a no-no for good sleep. I hope the new arrangement works for you.

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  10. Fingers crossed that this works. I too need lots of sleep, I have MS, and often have trouble getting to sleep. No tv in room helps, and Iโ€™ve been trying Melatonin. It seems to help too. You need to find what works for you. Hereโ€™s hoping you do.

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  11. Olivia says:

    Separate bedrooms work like a charm. After watching the Crown I realized if it works for the Queen, it will work for me. (No snoring) lol

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  12. Ugh! This is something that I constantly battle. I have my devices on blue screen in the evening and have started eating a little cup of yogurt near bedtime as it’s supposed to help, and everything else you mentioned. Listening to an audiobook as I fall asleep helps some nights. It is so miserable to be short of sleep when you actually spent the night in bed! Hugs.

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  13. Kit Dunsmore says:

    I feel your pain. I also have a thyroid issue, take replacement hormones, and can’t seem to get the levels to a place where I actually feel good. I have done lots of work on sleep hygiene. My latest round of sleep stuff was getting a sleep study, which showed I have sleep apnea. So I started using a CPAP a few months ago. I am making improvements, but they are small and slow. Still, it’s worth it to do what we can to improve our sleep. It affects everything else.

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  14. claire93 says:

    we’ve never had a TV in our bedroom – that’s something I’ve always been adament about. I have my little bedtime routine which is: a mug of hot chocolate and reading a few pages of a (real) book. Hope you find something that works for you.

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  15. I hope it helps! No screens in the bedroom has helped my sleep a lot.

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  16. elpalchica says:

    Such a calming color! I love this plan and this space you have regained for yourselves.

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  17. So glad your new routine seems to be helping! Really hoping this is a permanent fix for you. We keep our bedroom screen-free as well, and I do think it helps.

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  18. Stefanie says:

    Oh boy, sorry you have these struggles after the removal of your thyroid. I hope this new set up works for you.

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  19. chrisknits says:

    I hope your methods work to give you a restful sleep. We have never had a TV in our bedroom, but Hubster does get irritated with my phone “screen” time some nights. I usually play a few games on my phone until I am tired.

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  20. RebSef says:

    I honestly believe that after a major illness, some aspects of our lives are not the same again. I get fatigued so easily following my bone marrow transplant 10 years ago. And now I have radiation side effects following my cervical cancer treatment two years ago. I yearn for the health that I had 13 years ago.

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  21. jmn says:

    I have one more thing to add to your sleep routine – I find a soak for 15-20 minutes in a hot bath with a mild scented bath gel (I happen to like the Vitabath Original Spring Green) warms me up, particularly my feet and my core, so that I quite easily fall asleep. Sometimes when I’m too lazy to get into the bath and use a magic bag it’s not as effective. It’s the relaxing in the heat of the bath (I’ll even add more hot water if I need my back to feel hot) that does the trick!

    PS. Thanks for “liking” my posts as often as you do. It’s nice knowing someone actually is reading what I write.

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