Took steps to feel much better this morning
For some time now, I have been feeling nauseous with irritated sinuses upon waking in the morning. I have tried different approaches to improve the way I feel both physically and mentally upon waking, but haven't stuck to anything consistently.
I may have found a morning feel good formula worth pursuing.
The steps described in this post are not new. I have tried all of this before. However, I tend not to stay consistent in my practices.
Last night I did not eat for three hours before going to bed. I drank plenty of water before retiring. As usual, I kept a water bottle next to the bed in addition to saline nasal spray. I woke up three or four times to use the bathroom, and each time I drink some water and used the nasal spray. The price I pay for staying well hydrated is that I will wake more often.
Not eating for three hours before bedtime empties my stomach while I sleep and I believe, prevents acid reflux during the night. This is not a serious problem for me, but there is enough reflux to cause some discomfort in the morning.
Staying well hydrated overnight is also a good strategy. Although it may mean I get up more often during the night to use the bathroom, the net results on how I feel are positive.
The saline nasal spray keeps my sinuses moist and I believe relieves at least some of the post nasal drip that occurs during the night. The post nasal drip seems to irritate my throat and stomach, causing considerable discomfort when I wake.
I will keep employing the five steps listed above and see whether, over time, I can consistently feel much better upon waking in the morning.