If you find yourself looking at the ceiling night after night, chances are that you have insomnia. Insomnia means that you have a difficult time sleeping. It can be exhausting, since of course your life doesn’t stop when you can’t sleep. Here are some ways you can cope with and conquer insomnia.
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.
Sleep only as long as it takes you to feel refreshed the next morning. Avoid getting too much, as well as too little, sleep. Sleeping too long can make you sluggish, feeling tired, even though you got enough sleep. This can cause a rebound effect at bedtime, adding to your insomnia woes.
Only use your bedroom to sleep or dress. If you work there or get into arguments with your partner there, your brain will start to make the association. You can make your brain realize that this is where you should sleep and do nothing else.
Get up after half an hour. If you can’t sleep, don’t lay there for hours and hours. Get up and move to a nearby chair and read a little or try an activity. Do a very lowkey set of activities for a little while, and when you feel sleep, try again.
In some instances, insomnia is caused by underlying mental and physical issues; however, many instances of insomnia are caused by daily habits. Maybe your Starbucks habit is contributing to your sleepless nights. Caffeinated beverages are stimulants, so they can make falling to sleep more difficult. By adopting the habit of not drinking any caffeinated beverage six hours before bedtime, you are taking the first step towards a better night’s rest.
You’re probably not going to solve all of your problems while you’re in bed. If you find yourself worrying about everything that could go wrong or problems that you need to solve, redirect your thoughts. Breath deeply and think about something relaxing or pleasant. If necessary, get up and write down the things that are keeping you from sleeping well.
The environment in which you sleep my be causing your problems. What are the lighting, noise and temperature levels of the room? Heat, noise and light all can cause you to stay awake when you want to sleep. Should you face outside noise, make use of white noise from sound machines or a fan to cover the noise. The fan cools you down, too. You might want to use blackout curtains or a sleep mask to help you sleep.
Insomnia can be something that you can conquer, if you try. The tips in this article can be helpful to you, if you find that you are having a a hard time getting to sleep. Apply the above tips to your own life, and you’ll see how dealing with insomnia becomes easier.