Sadly, not everyone can sleep well at night. A lot of people have insomnia and can’t get the sleep they need. Whether it’s chronic or sporadic, they just don’t get enough sleep. The information below can help anyone who is not getting the sleep they need.
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.
Taking Melatonin may help you get you back to sleep. Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that is available in a supplement form. This hormone helps regulate the human sleep-wake cycle (circadian rhythm), causes drowsiness and lowers body temperature. Man-made Melatonin supplements are available at many health food and drug stores.
Keep a sleep diary, if insomnia has become a major problem in your life. Record what time you go to bed and get up, as well as how long (approximately) it took you to fall asleep. Log meals, beverages, exercise and any major events that may impede sleep. Use the information to narrow down causes for insomnia and to find a workaround.
If you find that common sense and natural techniques aren’t helping you sleep, talk to your family doctor. They can refer you to a sleep clinic where the staff can get to the bottom of your problem. They’ll monitor your brain, heart and movements until they find the culprit for your sleep problems.
Don’t stuff yourself, naturally, because this will make you feel uncomfortable. Eating a modestly-sized snack with plenty of carbohydrates before turning in (e.g. crackers or fruit) may in fact be beneficial for you. Serotonin will released, and this will help the body to relax.
Avoid late-night snacks and drinking. Sleep patterns can easily be interrupted when food and alcohol are consumed too close to bed time. Your body’s normal function at night is recovery. When you introduce food or alcohol, you are interrupting the normal body functions, and creating a situation where your body is distracted from normal functions as it processes these substances.
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.
Set a wake up time and stick with it. If you get up for work at the same time each weekday, get up around that same time on the weekends. The more consistency you have in your sleep schedule, the better your body will adjust. You have to train your body to battle insomnia.
Now great sleep is awaiting you. Start using these tips to make the changes that you need to get enough rest. The changes will come quickly if you use these tips today.