I'm posting today in response to 50's question,over at Piggies Heaven.Thanks,50,for the idea.
At risk of being booed and jeered, and possibly ending up on the Oprah Show, or maybe Dr. Phil, or Dr. Oz's show, I am going to divulge my remedy for a more restful night.A lot of folks will frown,and a produce lot of other expected reactions, at my solutions or remedies for a good night's sleep,BUT it's working out great for my getting a good nights sleep,thus feeling much better every minute of the following day,and that's what counts. I took to sleeping ALONE,in another room,in a different bed,with a softer mattress,and no dog.Our dog,Sarah,now sleeps only with Pop.I shut my door so the cats,which are spoiled to me, can't get in my room now.I bought myself two really soft pillows.Now I have an entire bed to myself, to tumble and roll, and find my most comfortable position in which to sleep. Before,I only had 1/2 a bed, the dog was smothering me,crowding me out,and she is so heavy,I could never pull the covers up around my neck, like I wanted.The cats would come in and snuggle in my face wanting to be petted.That would interfere with my breathing,plus I have allergies.I had to basically face one side of the bed,for the most part,near the wall, which made me claustrophobic.I never really cared to sleep on the right side of the bed. I sleep better turned in the opposite direction, but being the good wife I am, I never mentioned that in 32 years of marriage. I took the other side, and dealt with it. The time of dealing,had to end now, in order to finally get a better nights sleep.I had trouble falling asleep, many nights, in my new arrangement, because I was feeling guilty for making such a drastic move. It didn't seem to bother Pop,basically because he falls asleep in front of the TV, and doesn't come to bed until 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning, so I got over it very quickly. Now I get a great nights sleep every night. My aches and pain are lessened.The numbness in my arms and hands,caused by the constant need to scrunch up in a ball on my side of the bed,to avoid disturbing others,has disappeared.Through diligent research on the part of my Chiropractor and myself,when I went to him with horrible pain in both arms and hands,we both come to the conclusion,that that was my problem. That is what the doctors on Oprah and the like, mean, when they say you must be your own advocate. You know you,better than anyone else. You must dig until you find your best solution to your specific problem,no matter what others say or think.So that is my solution to my sleeping woes.