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sleep - do you get enough?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by mac, Jan 18, 2018.

  1. ravensgate

    ravensgate Active Member

    You may not like to read this, but if you like running/jogging, you're going to make your metatarsalgia worse. Usually, but not always, regular exercise practices such running turn out to be the culprits. However, you first need to find out the cause of it. Once one knows the etiology of the condition, then various treatment options may be considered . Do you know how/why you developed it? You might have a thinning of the "fat pads" (it happens as we grow "wiser", :D), which will make the condition more painful . Have you considered orthotic devices to redistribute the weight placed on the area? Do you wear tight fitting shoes? If the pain persists, you may want to ask your doctor to check your uric acid, assess for neuromas and arthritis. See if an inti-inflammatory may be used (I have no idea what your past/present medical status is). I personally like turmeric (curcumin, to be precise), an excellent inflammatory that works just as well as ibuprofen without the possible side effects. However, remember that curcumin will need to be taken on a regular basis and may take up to a week to exert its anti-inflammatory effect (needs to reach therapeutic levels in your system).
    Ahhh, mac, oh the joys of growing old! I think the ancient Romans had it right.... old age itself is a disease! :eek:
  2. mac

    mac senior member Staff Member

    I don't like it but I'd already reached similar conclusions to your suggestions - my running days are coming to an end, feet worn out by hammering the unforgiving roads.... I use prescribed custom-made orthotics for my old-age, well-(ab)used feet. The GP and podiatrist have checked out all the stuff I'd already checked out for myself and reached the same diagnosis - my feet are buggered! Ibuprofen kills my gut but mostly I don't get that much pain - it's just very uncomfortable, tingling metatarsals and heel tenderness that I work on, mostly successfully.

    Time I retired from road running and took up an old-fart sport such as golf. :D Gettin' old sucks ass!
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  3. Nirvana

    Nirvana Active Member

    Not anymore
  4. brexit

    brexit Guest

    I have struggled with sever insomnia for the past year and a half. I am finally starting to get a little bit of sleep. I’m *not* a doctor, but after seeing a handful of sleep specialists, holistic doctors, energy healers, been prescribed multiple sleeping pills, and tried the whole gamut of natural remedies, I can let you know the steps I’ve taken that have proven helpful.
    1. Therapy. I’ve been to both a mindfulness-based therapist and EMDR therapist.
    2. Daily meditation (2 times a day, if possible). This process can take about 8 weeks of solid work before you start seeing results. My schedule includes 10–20 mins right when I wake up, and 10–20 mins after dinner (a few hours before bed!)
    3. Stick to a consistent sleep and wake schedule. This kind of sucks, especially if you’re a night owl such as myself. However, getting in bed before or around 10 pm is optimal! You’re body runs in cycles, called your circadian rhythm, and between the hours of 10pm-2am, your body begins its physical repair cycle. From 2am-6am, your psychological repair cycle begins and ends. So start getting in bed around 9:30 every night, if possible.
    4. Turn down the lights a couple hours before bed. Dim your lights around your house, if possible. This helps to signal to your brain that you’re getting ready for bed. Yes, this includes your laptop/cell phone etc. etc.!
    5. Limit exercise, caffeine, and alcohol use a few hours before bed. Exercise and obviously, caffeine, can energize you. Alcohol makes it difficult for your body to enter deep sleep. So cut back on these. If possible, work out in the morning or afternoon! This will help you get out of your head and into your body, energize your mind and body before or during work, and help to lower your stress levels and cortisol levels.
    6. A new mattress (here is a review https://sleepissimple.com/folding-mattress/) Believe me, the right mattress is numer one step that can significantly improve the quality of your sleep—as well as your wellbeing while you’re awake.
    7. Treat yourself! If possible, get massages, take a nice bath before bed, do some light stretching in the dark, masturbate, listen to soothing music, etc. etc. Take care of yourself, cause if you’re not getting enough sleep your body needs some extra attention and love! :)
    There are other things to this list - it’s pretty basic - but truly try to stick with them. I know it can be overwhelming to see this list and put it all into action. Start small. The top three things I’d start with would be daily meditation, sticking to a consistent sleep/wake schedule, and exercising in the morning or afternoon. Oh, and limiting caffeine!

    Best of luck to you!!
  5. Amore

    Amore Active Member

    Ha! I wish! I have 25 hour/day cycles (yes that's a thing). Every day my sleep moves forward by about an hour. If I go to bed at set time I will simply not sleep. When my brain decides it's time to sleep it doesn't matter if the moon is up or the sun shines. That means the times I sleep move around the days, sometimes I sleep at night, sometimes I go to bed when the sun comes up, sometimes after noon, sometimes early evening, etc. It's not an easy sleep disorder to have. My whole life gets scheduled around it. I have tried everything to regulate it to no avail.

    Regarding sleep quality, the two things that I believe help me sleep deeper and with fewer interruptions are magnesium supplements and valerian.

    My mother is addicted to sleeping pills so I'm staying far away from them! She can't sleep at all without them and when she takes them she is drowsy during the day too. Terrible addiction.

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