Perhaps you are a busy college student. Or maybe an older man with an aging prostate. Whoever you may be, I understand your struggles. I too, have found myself tossing and turning, laying with my eyes staring at the ceiling, trying to tune out a snoring partner.If you have had enough of bad nights leading to bad days, I understand and am here to tell you five of the best ways to deal with your insomnia.
Take a look at your habits and routines
Eating a heavy meal before bed every night, can contribute to some digestive side effects, that can easily keep us awake at night. It is also not recommended to drink caffeine a whole eight hours before bed. Avoid naps and get some exercise too. Also, did you know that going to bed at the same time every night can be so beneficial in getting adequate sleep? Your brain and body have their own timepiece called circadian rhythms and keeping it regular enforces your desires to sleep and wake at your ideal times. If you do not have a bedtime routine, I suggest you make one to prepare your mind and body for a good night’s sleep.
After you have started your bedtime routine by laying in a dark, quiet room, doing some relaxation techniques is a sure fire way to drift into la la land. You do not have to have experience in yoga or meditation. All it takes is some deep breathing. Take a breath through your nose and out your mouth. Do it slowly and you’ll already feel yourself relax. To take it a step further, imagining your body and muscles getting looser and looser, one part at a time, can also be helpful. It causes you to focus on your body and not on your crazy life stresses and anxieties.
Stress and Anxiety
Stress and anxiety are probably the number one cause of my insomnia. Constant worrying about one thing or another makes it impossible to sleep at times. And while you may think that staying in bed has to be the best option, you’re wrong. The anxiety will lead to tossing and turning, which will only lead to more anxiety. The experts say to get quietly up and do something calming such as read a book or listen to soft music.
Getting back to sleep
So what do you do now that your stress and anxiety has gotten you out of bed? Hopefully, you’ve been doing a calm activity and avoiding computer and TV screens. If there is a worry that has been nagging at you, the best thing you can do is write it down and forget about it until tomorrow. And when you’re ready to go back to dreamland, the best thing you can do is not to think. Try your very hardest only to concentrate on what is happening to your body, and not your brain. Practice your breathing and relaxation.
I have been around the block when it comes to both prescription and over the counter sleep aids. I think most of us would say we would prefer not to take a pill because the side effects and lasting effects can be undesirable. But sometimes you feel as if you’re left with no choice. I will tell you then, that taking an herbal supplement such as melatonin is better than other over the counter choices such as Nyquil which could, in some cases, speed you up or make you feel drunk.
I suggest you call your doctor if your insomnia persists. But I hope to the majority of those reading this, that your insomnia is just a fleeting occurrence and that this post will help you gain a good nights sleep. If anybody out there, has other suggestions, I’d love to hear them!