Those who have insomnia or are closely connected to someone who does know all too well the agony it can cause. Getting enough sleep each and every night need not be a mysterious or elusive process, however. By reviewing the information presented below, anyone can have the tools they need to be fully rested at all times.
Talk to your doctor to see if a health condition is keeping you up. There are several things that can cause insomnia including migraines, RLS and breathing difficulties. Treating these ailments can foster much better sleep.
Drink some soothing tea or warm milk before going to bed. Chamomile and lavender are extremely good herbal tea choices that will help you relax. Do not eat anything too close to bedtime. Often when you feel hungry at night, your body is really just tired so listen to it and get to bed.
Be careful with your room ventilation and temperature. Rooms that are stuffy or hot are very uncomfortable to sleep in. This will make sleep even more of a challenge. Turn the temperature down to around 65 degrees, for the best conditions for sleeping. Add some blankets that can be removed so that you’re in a comfortable temperature.
Do an activity in your brain like counting sheep. Yes, it’s an old wive’s tale, but technically it can help you fall asleep. It’s a brain numbing experience to slowly count those sheep, and that can help your body relax. It may seem silly, but give it a try to see if it works for you.
Cut down on fluid intake before you go to sleep. If you have to wake up in the middle of your sleep to go to the bathroom, you have to make sure that you cut the fluids you have in the evening so you can have uninterrupted sleep instead of getting up over and over.
If you want to sedate yourself without taking sleeping pills and feeling like a zombie in the morning, try a cookie. Sugar eaten 30 minutes before bed time can actually cause you to become tired. You can also try honey in hot water or on a piece of toast for the same effect.
If you drink caffeinated drinks, stop drinking them at least 6-8 hours before you go to bed. Instead, drink water, herbal teas, and/or decaffeinated drinks. Avoid sugary snacks before going to bed, since sugar is an energy booster and will make you less tired instead of sleepy.
Think of something pleasant. You might have a lot of random images passing through in your brain, but take control of those. Start visualizing very peaceful places. You can even count fuzzy sheep if you want. The most important thing is that you are encouraging your brain to think about something that may relax you.
Try keeping a sleep journal to track your insomnia. Write down each thing you have tried, and whether it worked or not. Keep a list of nights when you were particularly stressed out, and if you had insomnia at night. Keep track of activities, such as exercise that may affect your sleep. Soon, you may see patterns, or habits you can change to get your sleep routine back on track.
Create a routine for bed time which includes relaxing activities, such as taking a bath, eating a snack or snuggling with a loved one. If your body knows the time is now to wind down, it should allow you to sleep when your head hits the pillow, plus you won’t wake up in the night.
It is indisputable that insomnia has the power to completely disrupt the lives of those it plagues. The happy truth, however, is that remedies and treatments are available that can provide the answers insomniacs everywhere desperately want to have. We hope the resources discussed above prove valuable to everyone who reads them.