Are you totally exhausted but often struggle with falling asleep? Have you been waking up during the middle of the night and lie awake for hours just staring hopelessly at your alarm clock? Occasional insomnia robs you of needed rest and can negatively affect your energy level, health and mood. If you are experiencing chronic insomnia, it can lead to serious health issues. Continue reading this article to learn about changes you can make in your daily habits and lifestyle to make sleepless nights a thing of the past.
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.
Create a bedtime routine, and follow it faithfully each night. You could start by watching a favorite show with a cup of herbal tea. A bath, or washing your face, and flossing your teeth could come next. Get into bed, and read a peaceful book, or devotional, then turn the lights off. Once you get used to the routine, sleep should be the natural next step.
The stress of everyday activities can be a major cause of insomnia. Take some time before you get into bed to release the worries and stressful thoughts of the day. Practice deep breathing exercises, clear your mind, and make a list of things you will do the next day to release all worries from your mind.
Do not keep your bedroom too hot. Keeping your sleeping area too warm can disturb sleep, and cause frequent waking. On the other hand, studies show no evidence that a cool room can cause sleep disturbances. Keeping the temperature low, and a window open may help to keep insomnia at bay.
Your bed should be comfortable. Use pillows as necessary and wash your linen regularly. Check the temperature in your bedroom before you go to sleep. You may have more difficulty sleeping in a room that is either too hot or too cold. Open a window for fresh air or get a fan for air circulation.
Don’t snack before bedtime. The sugar rush you experience will keep you awake. Not only that, but you’ll find you’re more likely to put on weight if you eat before bed. If you insist on having something before you go to bed, try a bit of warm milk or some turkey.
To better your sleep and allow your body to enter REM sleep, the time when your body rejuvenates, for a longer period, try valerian root. This herb has been used throughout Europe for centuries to fix sleeping problems in those who have insomnia. It has both sedative and muscle relaxing effects which can be hugely effective.
Although insomnia is a common problem that has a negative impact on your life, most cases can be cured through changes that you can make in your daily habits and lifestyle. When these changes do not cure your insomnia, do not hesitate to seek professional help. By following the advice in this article, sleepless nights will no longer plague your life.