Insomnia is pretty common. Insomnia usually passes pretty quickly. Others, however, suffer insomnia for long periods of time, which means they need to take corrective action. Give the following tips a try and hopefully they will give you the peaceful night’s sleep your body has needed.
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.
Don’t do things in your room except getting dressed and going to bed. If you do a lot of other activities there, your body may begin to respond to the room with anxiety. Train your brain to know the place is just for sleep.
Although the effects of alcohol may make you feel tired initially, there has been a significant amount of research that proves alcohol will interfere with the sleep cycle. It prevents the restorative effects of deep sleep. This means that your body wakes up and does not feel refreshed from sleeping through the night.
One good way to help get more rest at night is to stop smoking. Cigarettes are a stimulant, which can prevent you from feeling relaxed at night. In addition, nicotine withdrawal during sleep can wake your body up involuntarily. Smoking also causes breathing problems which means you get less oxygen while you sleep.
Research the potential harms of sleep aids prior to using them. Sleeping pills might have long-term side effects so you should speak to a doctor just to be safe. Also, it is wise to conduct your own research on possible side effects.
Although physical activity improves the quality of your sleep, it may actually hinder sleep if performed immediately before bedtime. Getting your exercise routine going in the morning hours is probably best. Don’t get your adrenaline and metabolism up before bed. Ideally, your body is able to wind itself down naturally.
Sticking to a schedule could be the key to restful and lengthy sleep. It’s always tempting to sleep in on the weekends, but this could make insomnia worse. Instead, pick a bedtime and a wake-up time and stick to it. This will train your brain to sleep when it needs to, for as long as it needs to.
For the perfect pre-bed sedative, warm up a glass of milk and add a tablespoon of honey to it. The combination of warm milk and sweet honey can help to sedate you very quickly. It also fills your tummy, plus milk has a long lasting effect on blood sugar, keeping you from having hunger pains overnight.
Ideally, these tips will help you sleep. When you create a good bedtime routine, it can really help with your insomnia. Your body will recognize it and begin to slow down when appropriate. Then you can get the sleep your body and mind require for a successful day ahead.