About the Illness
If you are HIV+, make sure you get enough rest to help your body stay as fit and healthy as possible.
Persistent trouble falling asleep (taking more than 45 minutes to fall asleep); frequent waking during the night accompanied by inability to fall back to sleep; waking earlier than usual in the morning.
If small children are not getting enough sleep, this can be serious.
If your child is experiencing problems sleeping, you should seek professional help.
Try one of these remedies to help your body relax and unwind before you go to sleep:
Lemon Juice & Olive Oil Drink good for all
Take a whole lemon and 2 tbsp olive oil.
Blend together and drink before going to bed.
Ocimum gratissimum Leaves or Infusion good for all
Inhale the smell of the leaves; chew 1 leaf; or prepare an infusion from 3-5 leaves and drink before bedtime.
Honey good for all
Drink a spoonful of honey in a glass of water OR add a spoonful to any of the hot teas described above.
Food and Nutrition Advice
- Try to avoid drinking alcohol. It does not help you get proper, restful sleep.
- Try to avoid taking sleeping pills every night.
- Avoid stimulants like tea, coffee, sugar and miraa.
- Try to drink caffeine in moderation and do not drink it after mid-day.
- Avoid drinking more than 1 glass of liquid before bedtime.
Body Work and General Advice
Things to do in the day:
Spend half an hour in the sun 2 or 3 days each week; keep yourself busy during the day; don’t take afternoon naps (naps are fine if you don’t have sleep problems); take regular exercise.
Things to do at night:
Sleep in a dark room; sleep on a comfortable bed/mattress; relax before bedtime with music or massage; do not exercise within 2 hours of bedtime; do not eat heavy meals within 3 hours of bedtime; do not go to bed hungry (have a light snack if necessary).