A good sleep is something we take for granted most nights. It is the one night when you can’t sleep that you realize that insomnia is truly a demon in your life. When one night turns into two, and then into three, panic can set in. Relax, read the tips below and start to get your life back.
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.
If you can’t get to sleep because of insomnia, try counting backwards from a large number. The repetition should provide a calming effect, helping to completely relax you and prepare you for sleep. Keep your eyes closed and try not to think of anything but the numbers, and you should trail off in no time at all.
A nice glass of warm milk could help put you to sleep. Next time you are having trouble falling asleep, go to the kitchen and heat up a glass of milk. This helps many people fall asleep every night. So instead of tossing and turning for hours, just take 10 minutes to get up and drink some warm milk and you might fall asleep sooner.
To reduce the likelihood of insomnia, avoid taking daytime naps. Although it may be tempting to sleep for an hour or two during the day, it is much better to limit your naps to less than 30 minutes and don’t nap after 3 in the afternoon. Napping for longer periods will interfere with your night time rest.
If you find that common sense and natural techniques aren’t helping you sleep, talk to your family doctor. They can refer you to a sleep clinic where the staff can get to the bottom of your problem. They’ll monitor your brain, heart and movements until they find the culprit for your sleep problems.
If you are being awakened by noises, you may not even know it is happening. They may be so quick that you wake up and hear nothing, so you don’t know why you’re waking up at all. Consider putting a recorder in your room to see if this may be the problem.
If you can’t sleep and nothing seems to work, cognitive therapy may be the answer. This form of therapy helps to identify the inappropriate thoughts or beliefs that are responsible for you losing sleep so that they can be corrected. This helps you know what causes your sleep problems, including age-related causes, and helps you know reasonable goals to set.
Now you know all of these great ways to help you sleep at night, so don’t feel frightened about going to bed any longer! The time is right to tackle this demon, so start using these ideas today. When you can change your sleep for the better, only good things will come your way.