Hello World! Welcome Friends! Everyone gets tired. But when fatigue bleeds into the fabric of daily life, exhaustion can interfere with your quality of life and, in particular, your mental health.
Many of us are plagued with persistent fatigue, resulting in lost work, mistakes made and emotional distress. Add in a substance abuse disorder linked to a sleep disorder, and good rest is at a high premium.
Fatigue is one of the most common complaints doctors hear today, and the most obvious culprit is not getting enough sound sleep. Doctors frequently write prescriptions for anti-anxiety meds like Xanax in these situations. However, long-term Xanax use is risky and can cause serious health problems.
In the competitive work and lifestyle environment we live, coming home to a stress-free haven can provide us with much-needed rest. Whether we or our loved ones struggle with a sleep disorder, substance abuse, chronic fatigue problems or just occasional fatigue, creating a bedroom sanctuary that fosters good sleep exemplifies great home making skills.
Is It a Sleep Disorder?
When your tiredness starts to feel like a constant companion instead of an occasional visitor, and if you wake up unrefreshed and have low energy or daytime somnolence, you may have a sleep disorder.
Some of the most common sleep disorders are:
- Sleep apnea
- Restless leg syndrome
Although there are many therapies available for sleep disorders, millions of people have turned to benzodiazepines such as Xanax for relief.
In fact, Xanax is one of the most prescribed drugs in America. It is primarily used for anxiety or panic attacks, but also dispensed for other uses, such as insomnia.
Unfortunately, Xanax is easily misused, and tolerance levels are quickly met — requiring the patient to take more and more pills to achieve the same results as before.
Additionally, due to chemical changes that Xanax produces in the brain, people easily develop a dependency, and many have become addicted to Xanax. Could you or a loved one be addicted to Xanax?
Xanax is meant to be a short-term prescription, best taken for less than a month. When it becomes habit-forming, the long-term health detriments can be serious and permanent.
Long-term health risks of Xanax use include:
- Behavioral changes
- Mental health changes
- Physical changes
The Link Between Substance Abuse Disorder and Sleep Disorder
A person with a sleep disorder can be motivated to seek out substances like Xanax. Ironically though, substance abuse — including misusing Xanax — can cause symptoms of sleep disorders — like insomnia. The relationship status between sleep disorders and substance abuse? It’s complicated.
People suffering from a dual diagnosis of substance abuse and a sleep disorder often require specialized medical treatment to overcome both conditions. Many people end up seeking help from treatment centers for Xanax addiction before it’s too late.
Whether you’re struggling with substance abuse, a sleep disorder or just looking for a better night’s sleep, pay attention to the following tips.
5 Tips on Making a Personal Sleep Sanctum
Is your bedroom hindering your sleep? Here are some things you can do to alleviate fatigue and rest better.
Create a Beautiful Sanctuary You Love to Relax In
Perhaps an all-white room beckons to you. Crisp, white linens, a down comforter, and flowing sheer curtains would let the morning sunlight tickle your cheeks awake.
Maybe you’re into the vintage look of French toile? Tuscan stonework? Minimalist, clean lines?
Whatever style appeals to you, work towards building your slice of heavenly rest. Make sure your mattress and pillows are comfortable, setting up your bedroom so it invites you in.
Make Your Bedroom Only for Sleeping and Romancing
Living room: If you are in the habit of watching TV in the bedroom, it’s easy to stay up too late and miss out on precious hours of sleep.
Hallway: Consider plugging electronic devices in other rooms or the hallway for overnight charging. Playing on your phone in bed not only thieves sleep time, but also emits blue light, which throws off sleep patterns even after you’ve dozed off.
Kitchen: Eating only in the kitchen helps you remember not to overeat at bedtime, which can impair sleep. Drinking caffeine or alcohol close to bedtime also interrupts good sleep.
Keep It Clean
A dreamily decorated room loses luster if you have piles of laundry and clutter hanging around. Messes are distracting, and a relaxing state of mind is necessary to sleep well. So, tidy up.
Create a Calm Environment
If you’ve ever had a relaxing Swedish massage at a spa, you know the importance of atmosphere. How can you incorporate a piece of that spa aura into your room?
Breathe: Adding some low-maintenance green plants can be soothing and oxygen-emitting for the bedroom.
Listen: White noise, such as a room air purifier, humidifier, fan or mini water fountain can send you nodding off sooner.
Smell: Consider aroma therapy. There are some great linen sprays in naturally relaxing scents like lavender. Lighting a candle or melting a scent block for a few minutes before bed helps put your body in the mood to rest.
Get Natural Light in the Day; Keep It Dark at Night
Try to stay on top of your natural body rhythms. This includes going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, including weekends.
Getting natural light outside or from a full spectrum natural lamp during the day and keeping your bedroom completely dark at night — no nightlights — keeps your body trained for sleep and your melatonin in production.
For people facing substance and sleep disorders, low energy is a common problem. Practicing proper sleep hygiene and good eating and exercising habits can help alleviate some of the symptoms during recovery.
Nothing can replace professional treatment for medical conditions like sleep apnea or Xanax addiction. Specialized plans for individual needs create the best scenario for success.
Whether you are dealing with sleep issues due to a substance abuse disorder, a sleep disorder, or simply due to the stress of the Western lifestyle, making a few changes within your home can cultivate better sleep. When you get solid rest, your quality of life improves on many levels.
And when you sleep better, everything looks better in the morning, including your beautifully crafted bedroom!
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