By golly, it can be hard to get a good night’s sleep! Stress, caffeine, an old mattress – there seem to be so many things which can keep you awake. That said, sometimes you won’t even know the cause of your woe! In order to learn what it takes to get back to sleep, read this article in full.
About three hours before bedtime, avoid all stimulants, such as caffeine, tobacco, alcohol and certain medications. Caffeine effects can last for up to six hours, and alcohol, while sedating at first, can cause frequent wakefulness. Certain medications, such as for asthma, are stimulants as well. Check with your doctor to see if you can substitute, or make a different schedule.
Many people swear by cookies and milk to gear up for a good night’s sleep. The idea is that the carbs in the cookies, and the L Tryptophan in the milk induce sleepiness. Give it a try. The worst that can happen is that you get to eat cookies and milk at bedtime!
If you suffer from insomnia, sometimes you may find that counting sheep will work for you. Counting sheep will distract your mind and help you mind relax so you can fall asleep. Most people will not remember counting to 100 the next day. Try this next time you cannot fall asleep.
Do not keep your bedroom too hot. Keeping your sleeping area too warm can disturb sleep, and cause frequent waking. On the other hand, studies show no evidence that a cool room can cause sleep disturbances. Keeping the temperature low, and a window open may help to keep insomnia at bay.
Stop taking naps. If you take a nap during the day, you are going to have a harder time going to sleep and staying asleep at night. When you cut out your nap, you will find that you have a better time remaining asleep when you go to sleep for the night.
Don’t try to force yourself to fall sleep. Instead of waiting for sleep to come, if you it has been thirty minutes and you are still awake, get out of bed. Try to do something that will help relax your mind like reading a nice book or taking a warm bath.
Do some aerobic exercises four to six hours before you go to bed. This has been shown to help people sleep a lot better. Be careful about the time because exercising too early will have no effect on your sleep patterns and doing it too late will make it harder to snooze.
Smoking stimulates your body, so don’t do it near bedtime. In fact, it’s probably difficult for you to not smoke in the evening, so you are better off just to quit entirely. It will take a few months for your body to purge the toxins and get back to normal, but it will leave you feeling amazing.
Nightmares, parasomnias, an obstructed airway, a poor diet – with so many causes of insomnia, it isn’t surprising that millions of people are affected by it. Learning from their successes is the best way to battle against your own disease, and with all of the great tips above, you are ready to sleep again. Try it tonight!