Insomnia seems to strike when you least expect it. When you already feel badly enough not to sleep, it seems like a cruel fate that insomnia brings with it side effects including additional stress and anxiety. Put a stop to the insanity by learning all you can from the text below.
If you can’t sleep because you are worried about something in particular, get up and write it down. Sometimes putting your thoughts on paper will help ease your anxiety. You could also try to busy yourself with small but productive tasks that need to be done around the house. Go back to bed as soon as you begin to feel sleepy.
If insomnia is creeping up on you every night, consider getting earplugs. Many people are sensitive to sound, and don’t even know it. Even quiet sounds will instigate insomnia, preventing needed rest. The earplugs will block out all sounds, and should help you get to sleep faster and stay asleep too.
Ask your partner to give you a massage just prior to bed time. Even something as simple as rubbing your shoulders for a few minutes can help. Make sure they apply gentle, firm pressure to your body to help get rid of the tension in your muscles. This should make it much easier for you to sleep.
Set the scene for sleep. Make sure that the lighting and the temperature in your bedroom is set for sleep. If you have been trying to sleep with all the lights on, that’s part of the problem. Bring the lights down and make the room slightly cool. Make sure the television is off as well.
Do not force sleep. If you have been in bed for half an hour or more, and you still cannot drift off, get up and out of bed. Do not do anything too active, but grab a glass of milk or read a book. Try going to bed again in about fifteen minutes or so.
Do you lay in bed thinking about all the things you have to do the next day? If so, this could be contributing to your insomnia. You can’t lay awake thinking about how you’ll pay your bills. Reduce your stressors during the day. Make a task list for the next day before bedtime, so that you don’t stress out in bed.
Though it may have some beneficial uses, cut your caffeine intake, especially at night. It is common for people to drink beverages with caffeine, often without realizing they are. Limit your drinking to water at night. When you avoid caffeine, your body will not be “amped” up when sleep is needed.
The body is controlled by the circadian clock which keeps our cycles going 24 hours a day. To get this clock back into the right pattern, you must keep to a strict schedule. Go to bed at a certain time nightly, and get up at a certain time, and your body will learn to obey.
You must help yourself stay healthy by getting enough sleep every night. If you follow the tips above, you should be able to retrain your body into getting a good night’s sleep from now on. The effort you put in will be repaid through night after night of deep, restful sleep.