Sleeping well, and enough, has a huge role in gout prevention. But an alarming number of adults have difficulty getting sufficient high-quality sleep. Are you one them?
Impediments to Good Sleep For Gout Prevention
Maybe it’s time to take a look at the physical environment that you sleep in.
- Is your bedroom truly dark? Even the smallest amount of light can be a stimulant that prevents deep sleep. And, light reduces your body’s ability to make melatonin, the “sleep hormone”.
- Is your bedroom peacefully quiet? Or are you working hard at night to “shut out” steady noises like road traffic, the hum of your refrigerator, or the tick-tock of your nightstand clock?
- Is your bedroom predictable? Or are you often awakened suddenly to ambulance sirens, doors slamming, or the bed moving as your partner rolls over?
- Is the temperature right? Or are you having “thermostat wars” with your spouse? Or does your mattress make you overheat? Cool temperatures are conducive to better sleep.
- Is your bed blissfully comfortable? Or are you tossing back and forth trying to find a pain-free position?
- Is your bedroom a calm sanctuary? Or do you keep your computer, treadmill, and television in there?
Sleep apnea and poor sleep habits are known contributors to gout. But sometimes what is needed is a “bedroom makeover” to overcome some of more common “structural barriers” to deep sleep.
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Bert, I know all about sleep apnea having been diagnosed in 1998. I have used a CPAP since then, its a nuisance but very effective. Thank God I haven’t had a gout attack for a very long time, since we were first in touch. Keep up the good work.
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Create a Gout Killer Sleep Sanctuary
Here are some tips to help you create the perfect Gout Killer sleep-inducing bedroom:
- Invest in a high-quality mattress, that will not off-gas toxic chemicals or cause you to overheat.
- If there are street lights or moon light hitting your eyelids, put some black-out curtains over your windows.
- Eliminate as many noises as possible, and if needed get a white-noise machine to mask the rest.
- Remove or cover each and every electronic gadget that emits light, or get an eye mask if you must.
- Get some silky organic sheets that make you crave getting into bed.
- Invest in a high-quality goose-down comforter, in the “weight” that is appropriate for your climate. I have two, and I switch them out between winter and summer.
☆ Bottom Line: High-quality sleep for gout prevention? It is so absolutely essential that it is worth spending some time and money to turn your bedroom into an irresistible sleep sanctuary!
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