Am I staying awake because of some magic spell? Is there a different spell that can make me sleep? If I get stuck with the needle of a spinning wheel, will the nightmare come to an end and the sleeping begin? Sadly, you can’t remove insomnia from your life by waving a magic wand, but you can do something about it.
Create a structured bedtime routine and maintain it even on the weekends. Most people need between seven and nine hours of sleep. Get into the habit of going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. You will begin to sleep better when your body is adjusted to this routine.
If your doctor prescribes sleeping medication, take it exactly as the label says. Sleep medicine should be taken right before bedtime because they are designed to act quickly. Never drive after taking a sleeping pill. Never drink alcohol while taking sleeping pills. If you decide to quit taking your medication, talk to your doctor first.
Get a firm mattress if you frequently suffer from insomnia. A soft mattress will not give your body the full support it needs. This causes stress for your body and may keep you awake. It is worthwhile investing in a good quality mattress.
If you are having trouble sleeping, the first thing you should do is to visit your primary care physician. Occasionally, there is an underlying medical disorder that may be causing your symptoms. This could be as simple as stress or anxiety. However, it is best to be checked out and then go from there.
If you are unable to sleep due to noise, a common problem in people who work nights and attempt to sleep during the day, consider wearing earplugs to bed. Sometimes you just can’t get away from the noises of daily life, but earplugs can help you to ignore them as you rest.
If you can’t fall asleep, it’s best to get up and do something else after half an hour of laying there or so. A lot of the time the best way to get your mind off of whatever’s keeping you awake is to get up and occupy yourself with something. Try going back to bed a little while later and see if you can fall asleep then.
Do not nap. While you may feel that you desperately need the rest, napping will keep you up later in the evenings. That means you’ll just be tired again when you wake up, starting the whole cycle all over again. Keep yourself up during the day and you’ll find that you are ready to sleep when your bedtime rolls around.
To help your body relax, try taking a hot bath at least two hours before you go to bed. Some people find a bath too stimulating if taken near bath time, which is why two hours ahead is a good idea. Try adding some Epsom salts to the water to help you unwind.
It’s true that a solution that works for one person may not fit your specific situation, but that doesn’t mean you should give up. Something will help you, and it’s just a matter of trying until you find what does work. Sleep is possible if you really work at it.