When you can’t sleep, life seems to go in slow motion. That means you need to deal with your problem quickly so that you can get back to living normally. The tips in this article will help you get all the “z’s” you need every night, day after day, into the future.
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!
Smoking is not good for you in so many ways, including helping to cause insomnia. Smoking elevates your heart rate and stimulates your metabolism, making it harder to get to sleep naturally. There are so many reasons why you should quit smoking. Being able to sleep better and faster is a good reason.
For some people, it is important to have the right breathing environment in order to fall asleep at night. Essentials oils that are released into the air using a diffuser may be of some benefit. Air purifiers are also very helpful for some people seeking an excellent night’s sleep.
Honey has been shown to have a mild sedative effect on people. If you cannot fall asleep, try a teaspoon of honey in a cup of decaffeinated herbal tea. You can also add honey to a mug of warm milk at bedtime. Make a habit of enjoying a soothing nighttime drink, and you may find yourself relaxed enough to fall asleep.
Avoid eating or drinking things that have caffeine in them when it is close to bedtime. To be on the safe side, you should do them no less than six hours before. Caffeine is a stimulant and it will keep you up for far longer than you would like, so drink decaffeinated versions of your favorites as bedtime approaches.
The more exercise you get, the better. You can literally tire out your mind and body by getting up and getting active. This can help to calm restless leg syndrome or just make your body want to go to bed and sleep. Try not to exercise near bedtime, though, as it can stimulate you.
If your insomnia persists or you find it is affecting you physically or mentally, then consult your doctor. You may have an underlying problem such as sleep apnea which needs to be treated. Even if you don’t have a serious medical problem, it should help you to know that everything is OK.
To get the best sleep your neck and spine should be aligned properly. They should form a straight line, not be bent or flexed. Your pillow may actually interfere with this position. It depends on your most comfortable sleep position. If so, try sleeping without a pillow at all or buying an orthopedic pillow.
Now that you have all of this great advice at the ready, the next step is to use it. Just go forward and start changing your life one tip at a time. In no time, you will find that your sleeping habits get better and you begin to feel rested again.