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Tips & Tools for Sleeping Well – Part IV

I’m always searching for reliable tips and tools for sleeping well and here are my recent finds. Try using a foam core pillow, which provides neck and head support and proper alignment, but is enclosed in a pillow with the type of comfort most of us are used to. I’m going to start looking for one of these because the formed foam pillows are really uncomfortable for my neck. Previously I’ve mentioned drinking Valerian tea, but Dr. Oz recommended combining one bag of Valerian tea with one bag of passionflower tea for an even better effect.

Many people can have acid reflux issues that disturb their sleep without them evening realizing they have the issue. People may not recognize it on their own because in silent reflux the person doesn’t physically feel anything, but the body is still disturbed enough to pull you out of deep sleep. A safe and easy way to see if you may have silent reflux is to take an antacid tablet 30 minutes before you go to sleep, every night for one week. If you have silent reflux the antacid should take care of the problem and you should notice an improvement.

Last year I told you about the temperature regulating Outlast mattress pad and blanket that The Helpful Hubby got me from Costco. Dr. Oz recently recommended the mattress pad, which uses NASA technology, on his show. After using it for multiple seasons I’m ready to share my opinion of them. The blanket has a decent amount of weight to it, so even though it is thin, I feel like I have a comforter on. During hot weather it does keep the bed feeling a little cooler, but in the middle of the night I still get warm, on our memory foam mattress. In colder weather the bed feels really cold when you first get into it, but it does keep me comfier through the night. One trick I started using was throwing my heating pad in the bed for the 10 minutes it takes me to get ready for bed. By the time I get in bed I have a little warm spot. We like the set up enough that we’re considering getting the sheets too.

Have you tried any of these tips or tools?

For more ideas, see these previous posts: Tips & Tools for Sleeping Well…Part I, Part II, Part III, Part V and Tips for Sleeping Well

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Comment from karen
Time January 30, 2012 at 6:31 am

I have a really hard time turning my brain off some nights….last night I laid there 2 hrs before I finally slept. My doc has me on some anxiety meds, which is supposed to help but sometimes my brain is just a runaway train and nothing can stop it. That’s my main sleep problem right now, just too much stress in my life and I feel overloaded with it
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Felicia Fibro Reply:

I’m like that too. Did you check out the other 4 posts I’ve written about sleeping tips? Part III talks has some distraction technique suggestions that get your mind to quit turning gears, which lowers cortisol levels.


Comment from Sheri Duff
Time January 30, 2012 at 2:35 pm

This is @osaxy from twitter. I can’t wait to afford the mattress topper, memory foam. I tend to switch pillows a lot between a formed memory foam one and a down pillow. Cause sometimes it feels like there are rocks in my head with this Lupus and fibromyalgia. I take Priolosec OTC twice daily to help with acid reflux which is a side effect of my meds.

Now a spoonie on twitter (I wish I could remember who it was) (fibrofog. Lol), recommended Yogi brand tea. I use the stress relief version called Kava and add honey and fresh lemon. I especially drink it a bedtime and it really soothes me and helps me sleep. It says you can drink it as many times a day as you’re feeling stressed. It’s an herbal tea and is caffeine-free and OH SO GOOD! Love to all spoonies and hugs too as I definitely know what you’re going through!


Felicia Fibro Reply:

We got a good deal on our memory foam mattress from Costco. For years before that we just bought a 3 inch memory foam mattress pillow topper and had that ontop of our pillow topped spring mattress. That was pretty comfy too. I’m glad to hear that Priolosec is helping you out.

Another Yogi tea I really like is their Egyptian Licorice Mint, which is good for the stomach and tastes minty and spicy at the same time.


Comment from Charmaine Callen
Time February 11, 2012 at 5:39 pm

thank god a website that deals with the little things that fibro sufferers have to deal with. thankyou


Comment from Tea Lover
Time March 4, 2012 at 11:01 am

Pillows make a huge difference for me. I have been rear ended several times and my neck has suffered. I have on pair of cervical vertebrae that have almost no cushion left. But it seem like I keep having to swap around the pillows I have – one will take good care of my neck for a while, then quit. So I trade them around again.

Exercises that strengthen my neck muscles are a must for me – keeps my neck cushioned.

And I too love to end my evening with a wonderful cup of tea. Sometimes I add Kava to my tea for good sleep. And camomile has always been a good one. But my current favorite is Ginger Green Tea.


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