Did someone curse my body into staying awake? Is there a magic cure to help me rest again? This can become a frustrating problem very quickly. Obviously there isn’t some kind of a magic trick that goes into solving insomnia, but you can find a lot of good ideas below.
If you’re wide awake thanks to your insomnia, have a nice cup of fennel or chamomile tea. It’s warm, soothing and relaxing. Herbal teas also have other sleep inducing properties.
Try to sleep enough so that your body feels rested. Don’t sleep too long in order to “bank hours” for lost sleep on other nights. Just sleep until you are rested, and do this every night. Do not bank hours or avoid doing it some days.
Monitor your room’s temperature and ventilation. A hot, stuffy room isn’t conducive to sleep. This makes sleeping even more challenging. Put your thermostat on 65 for the best sleeping conditions. And layer blankets so that you can remove them to get just the right comfort zone.
Refrain from eating or drinking when it’s close to bedtime. Eating stimulates your digestive system and keeps you awake, and liquids make you go to the bathroom. Limit your snacks and drinks to no less than 2 hours before bedtime. Late nighttime eating is also known to affect your dreams.
A regular bedtime routine is important to help you sleep without suffering from insomnia and it is important that you develop your own. You could take a hot shower or bath, listen to an audio book or music and practice some deep breathing. To facilitate a night of restful sleep each and every night, schedule these activities at a certain time each day, and stick to the schedule.
Talk to your doctor prior to using any over the counter drugs. If you plan to use it for a while, this is very true. Long term use may have bad side effects.
Create a sleep diary so you can identify any problems you may be having. Record your favorite foods at bedtime and after exercise to see how your moods alter. Compare it to how much rest you are able to get. Knowing the factors that boost or hinder your rest, you can change your life as needed.
What works for others may not work for you, of course, but there isn’t any harm in trying. The more you try, the more likely you are to find a solution that helps. Experiment with different ideas till you find what works for you. Restful sleep in within your grasp if you just keep trying to find the right combination of techniques.