Is there a single answer to solving insomnia? Is there a pill I can take which will make me have a great sleep night after night? Sadly, there is no such prescription or piece of advice which works for everyone, but the techniques listed below can be used together to create a successful strategy.
One method of preventing insomnia is to make your bed a place that is just for sleeping. Don’t take your paperwork from the job to bed, don’t make long phone calls, and don’t pay bills in bed. It is also best to eliminate TV watching in your bed if you want to sleep well.
There are a number of methods you can try in order to help you sleep. You could try some muscle relaxation techniques, which there are CD’s for. Yoga can relax the mind as well as the body. Deep breathing exercises are another great way to help your body relax, and rid your mind of stress.
Give yourself a good 30 minutes of trying to fall asleep, before automatically concluding that you’re in for a night of insomnia. It may take a full half an hour before your body is ready for snoozing, and if you so much as think the word “insomnia” you could set yourself up for it!
Magnesium is a mineral that may help you fall asleep. Magnesium can stimulate healthy sleep and affects neurotransmitters in your brain. Incorporate pumpkin seeds and vegetables into your diet. Additional magnesium intake also helps prevent muscle cramping.
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 don’t have a firm mattress, consider changing it. A firm sleeping surface will support your body as it sleeps, allowing you to fully relax. Also, you will simply feel better if you are well supported when you sleep. Your investment will really be worth it in the long run.
Smoking is bad enough for your body, but it can also lead to insomnia. The stimulating effects of smoking cause an increased heart rate. There are a lot of reasons that smoking should be stopped. Better sleep and going to sleep more easily is a benefit that is added.
Remember that caffeine isn’t only found in coffee! Tea, pop and even chocolate all contain caffeine, as do energy drinks. You want to limit all the caffeine in your diet after 12pm so that you are able to fall asleep at night without the stimulating effects of this ingredient.
When counting sheep begins to run you into numbers beyond 100, you know there is a problem. From an obstructed airway to a caffeine addiction, the cause of insomnia can be varied, but the solutions often work for anyone affected. Those shared here are a great start, so try them out tonight.