Recently, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.
Celiac is beyond Gluten Intolerance, it is an auto-immune disease. When gluten is introduced into the system– no matter how minuscule–antibodies are formed and my immune system attacks the inside of my intestines. There is no cure for Celiac Disease. The only treatment is the complete elimination of all gluten—forever. Over the next few months, I will share my story and develop a gluten-free resource on my website. The section is for those who may find this path beneficial—even if, unlike me, it is not imperative. Many autistic individuals are sensitive to gluten. Anecdotal evidence suggests symptomology may be reduced by eliminating gluten from our diets. This has been the case for me. But, there are challenges. One of those is the possibility of sleep disturbances (yeah, because we need more of those, right?) I’ve invited Sarah Cummings to share a few tips for getting a good night’s sleep. Enjoy!
Insomnia After Going Gluten-Free
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Tips for getting a high-quality night’s sleep:
- Keep to regular wakening and sleep times, Sleep.org recommend.
- Avoid stimulants like caffeine after midday, or at least 6-8 hours before bedtime as this can disturb your sleep.
- Adopting mindfulness or deep-breathing exercises to put your mind at ease and relax you before you sleep. You can download mindfulness app on your smartphone.
- Stop watching late-night TV or using a tablet or phone in bed. Shut tech down two hours before bedtime. The blue light from the screen suppresses melatonin and frequently triggers sleep interference.
- Be active during the day. Activity promotes better-quality sleep. However, vigorous exercise 3 to 4 hours before you bed down for the night.
- Remove or dim your clock’s screen. The temptation to clock is too strong., and leads to stress and anxiety.
Natural Options to promote restful sleep:
Sarah Cummings has been writing educational and supportive guides for the over half a decade after originally, wanting to share her passion to help others with her knowledge and experience in sleep. Finding that the benefits associated were helping her live a much healthier lifestyle, so she just had to share!
Her love of exercise has always been a big part of how she leads her life, and she finds it helps with a range of things, including sleep and diet. Sarah is an advocator of promoting wholesome sleep and how it can be the difference between living a happy, fulfilled life and one that is not as healthy and happy.
Find Sarah attending regular beach yoga sessions and sipping camomile tea under a sunset when she’s not finding new ways to help people create better living environments for themselves.