15 simple ways to beat insomnia and ensure you get a good night’s sleep.
A good night’s sleep is one of the greatest joys of life. A full 8 hours of sound and undisturbed rest can ensure a productive day ahead and if you’re suffering from frequent insomnia, fatigue and irritation can make life really miserable. Here are some things you could do to beat insomnia and get the zzzzs you crave.
Tips to beat insomnia
1. One of the most important things to remember when you’re unable to sleep is to not panic. Getting aggravated will only make it harder to nod off. Get up, go outside your room and do a quiet activity, like reading a book or something else that you enjoy. Soon you’ll feel drowsy and you could come back to bed and sleep.
2. Don’t work or watch TV while in bed. You need to create an association of sleep with your bed, thus training your mind and body to start relaxing once you’re in it.
3. Make sure you don’t have caffeine or nicotine at night as these can seriously impair your chances of a good snooze.
4. A dark and quiet room greatly improves your ability to fall asleep. Put up thick blinds or curtains and make sure your bedroom is noise free.
5. If your insomnia is quite bad, try to make sure you stop drinking water a few hours before you go to bed. This way you won’t feel the urge to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.
6. Drinking warm milk at night is known to soothe nerves and help a person get a restful night of sleep.
7. Avoid electronic gadgets around your bed. Even the blinking light of a digital clock or the lights and hum of a laptop can cause disturbed sleep.
8. Another way of ensuring sound sleep is to do some breathing exercises before you go to bed. They help calm your body and mind and since insomnia is often caused by anxiety, these exercises can be especially beneficial.
9. Playing soothing music is a nice and enjoyable way of dozing off.
10. It’s possible that you’re unable to sleep purely because your bed is uncomfortable. Invest in a good, firm mattress and pillow that will help you sleep restfully.
11. Regular exercise during the day really helps in making sure you get a good night’s rest. While your stress hormones go up during your workout, the levels fall far below the pre-exercise number, a few hours after you have finished. That’s why it’s important to keep a solid gap between your workout and your bedtime.
12. If you’re having trouble sleeping at night, make sure you avoid naps during the day.
13. Often, sleeplessness is caused by ENT problems. Make sure your nasal and respiratory passages are clear and not disrupting your breathing and hence your sleep.
14. Create a sleep cycle routine. You can do this by going to bed at the same time every night so your body starts associating that time with sleep. Erratic timings can be one of the most common causes of insomnia.
15. If none of these methods work, see a doctor or go to a sleep clinic. They have special diagnostic tests that’ll help determine the exact cause of your insomnia, allowing them to prescribe a course of action that’s right for you.
Photograph by Dhiego Andrade, via sxc.hu
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