It’s a known fact that those suffering from insomnia have a hard life. Thankfully, there are many ways to fix your dilemma. Continue reading to learn the best advice for insomnia.
Better Sleep On Through The Night
(totally gratuitous Def Leppard reference)
Keep Your Environment Organized
Keep your bedroom clean and free from clutter. Remove your television, computer and other electronic devices. Do not study, watch TV or work in bed. Decorate your bedroom in soothing colors that help you feel relaxed and keep decorative items to a minimum. Your bedroom should be a relaxing place where you go to sleep.
A Light Snack (Maybe), Nothing More
Try a light snack to offset the problems with your insomnia. Nothing too heavy or extreme, just a few crackers or a piece of toast should do the trick. When you’re fighting with insomnia, a moderate snack can help put your body more at ease, helping you to fall asleep.
See Your Physician
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.
Wiggle Your Toes (Seriously)
Try wiggling your toes when you’re battling insomnia. It may seem like a simple (and silly) thing, but toe wiggling actually helps your entire body to relax, just like a foot massage would. If you’re lying in bed and suffering from lack of sleep, why not give it a try to see if it works for you.
Get The Right Mattress
Your problem may actually lie with your bed. If your mattress is too hard, you may find it next to impossible to get into a comfortable sleeping position. The same goes for a bed which is too soft, or even pillows which aren’t the right height or hardness for you.
Search For Common Products That Contain Stimulants
Many people have trouble falling asleep at night and do not know why. One place to search for answers is the common products that we take to keep us healthy. Many over the counter drugs, cold medicines and even multivitamins contain stimulants which impair our ability to fall asleep. Read all the labels of the products you consume so you can identify any stimulants you may be taking that are impairing your ability to fall asleep.
Enjoy A Warm Bath
Take a bath that is warm, almost hot. In addition, add some Epsom salt or baking soda. That will make you feel calmer. The salts can soothe your muscles, and you might be more likely to fall asleep when you make an attempt later in the evening. Don’t make it too hot or too cold.
Don’t Drink Caffeine Before Bed
Do not drink caffeine before you go to bed. Drink water or herbal tea to help purify your system and help you sleep. Don’t eat treats full of sugar before bed either; doing so can give you an unwanted jolt of energy.
Supplement With 5-HTP
If you’re having trouble dropping off, a shortage of tryptophan might be to blame. You can find these nutrients in foods, such as tuna, cottage cheese and turkey. A 5-HTP supplement may help if that does not work. Serotonin is made of tryptophan, which helps you sleep better.
Avoid Heavy Late Night Snacks
Avoid late-night snacks and drinking. Sleep patterns can easily be interrupted when food and alcohol are consumed too close to bed time. Your body’s normal function at night is recovery. When you introduce food or alcohol, you are interrupting the normal body functions, and creating a situation where your body is distracted from normal functions as it processes these substances.
Keep A Sleep Journal
To figure out what is keeping you from sleeping, consider keeping a sleep journal. To begin, place something by your bed with which you can count the number of times you wake up. You could put a bowl of pieces of paper next to a jar and drop one in the jar as you wake. Next, keep a journal by writing down what happened overnight and how you feel in it each morning.
Be Careful When Using Sleep Aids
It is tempting to use sleep aids when you have an insomnia problem, but be careful of becoming addictive to it. It’s a lot wiser to consult your personal physician about insomnia to see what he recommends.
If you are tired during the day, avoid taking a nap since this will increase your chances of staying awake far past your bed time. If you feel tired, take a shower, go for a jog or do anything else you can think of to stay awake until a little later.
Self-Hypnosis Can Be The Key
If you’ve tried everything else for your insomnia, why not consider self-hypnosis? Talking yourself into a state of sleepiness can mean falling asleep much faster. You could also play recordings of a hypnotist which are geared to this purpose. The repetitive words in a calm voice should help you work around the insomnia.
Hypnosis works in cooperation with your other stop insomnia methods and could be the key to finally achieving success.
Hypnosis treatments can reduce the effects of insomnia and help you go to sleep faster. Hypnosis will get down to the bottom of your psychological side effects that could be causing your condition. Find a good doctor in your area that can perform this procedure to help combat the effects of insomnia.
Insomnia’s impact extends beyond sufferers themselves, but also to their family members. Ideas like the ones in this article are perfect for you to get back to sleeping soundly at night. Hopefully, these tips give you a way to fight insomnia.
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