When it comes to insomnia, it might feel like it will never go away. It is the type of disease which leaves you so miserable you think that the end might be near. Stop the downward spiral and instead take control of your sleeping habits by checking out the tips below.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine, sugar and nicotine. These stimulants may be effective in keeping you awake during the day but they are also making it difficult for you to sleep at night. Limit their consumption throughout the day. Do not take any stimulants at least four hours before going to bed for the night.
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.
Many people that have arthritis also have insomnia. Arthritis pain is serious enough to prevent sleep at night. If you have arthritis, you might be helped by light stretching or yoga followed by a warm bath and an OTC pain reliever at bedtime.
Women are more prone to insomnia than men, and menopause could be one of the reasons why. Fluctuating hormones and hot flashes can keep a menopausal woman awake at night. If this is the case, talk to your doctor, and see if hormone replacement therapy might help you sleep better.
Cut down on fluid intake before you go to sleep. If you have to wake up in the middle of your sleep to go to the bathroom, you have to make sure that you cut the fluids you have in the evening so you can have uninterrupted sleep instead of getting up over and over.
If you are a coffee drinker, you could be causing your own insomnia. Caffeine stimulates the body, and the results can last for many hours. Drink no more than two cups of coffee on any given day, and be sure that you drink them both before noon, and then quit the caffeine for the rest of the day.
Your body needs to wake at a consistent time each day. Most people sleep in whenever they can to catch up on the missed sleep during the week. If you constantly suffer from insomnia, train your body to wake up at a certain time each day and stick to it!
Creating a proper sleep environment is essential. Look around and eliminate the things that bother you and keep you from sleep. Block off sources of light that can’t be turned off. If you can’t eliminate an annoying sound, the try using a white noise to cover it and to allow yourself to drift off.
There is an end to insomnia, and thanks to this article, the end is nigh. As you take each step laid out here, you can watch your sleep get better and better. When one idea doesn’t work, move on to the next until you find one which does, allowing you to sleep like a baby.