Insomnia seems to strike when you least expect it. When you already feel badly enough not to sleep, it seems like a cruel fate that insomnia brings with it side effects including additional stress and anxiety. Put a stop to the insanity by learning all you can from the text below.
Don’t get too much sleep. If you cannot get to sleep after 30 minutes of lying in bed, try some relaxation or a soothing warm non-alcoholic beverage. Avoid taking naps during the day. If you must take a nap, keep it short and make sure it ends at least six hours before your normal bedtime.
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.
Smoking will make it harder to sleep. Your heart rate goes up and your body is stimulated, too. There are so many reasons why you should quit smoking. Being able to sleep better and faster is a good reason.
Getting a massage at bedtime may help you drift off to sleep. It’s relaxing and calms your entire body. Try alternating nights with your partner, letting you both benefit from a more restful sleep. Simple fifteen minute massages may be all you need.
If you are getting up to use the bathroom all night long, talk to your doctor about getting your blood sugar tested. Those with diabetes often drink a lot during the day, and this can affect your sleep as you have to void all of that liquid during the night.
You may be deficient in tryptophan, which could keep you awake. This nutrient can be found in cottage cheese, turkey and tuna, so try to add those to your bedtime snack. A 5-HTP supplement is the next step to try. Serotonin is manufactured out of tryptophan, and that is what helps you sleep.
Talk to friends and family about what worked for them. If you want to solve your insomnia problem, it might help to chat with people close to you to find out what works. You might also be able to get some support, so that they know that you are dealing with something.
Though it may have some beneficial uses, cut your caffeine intake, especially at night. It is common for people to drink beverages with caffeine, often without realizing they are. Limit your drinking to water at night. When you avoid caffeine, your body will not be “amped” up when sleep is needed.
Create a routine for bed time which includes relaxing activities, such as taking a bath, eating a snack or snuggling with a loved one. If your body knows the time is now to wind down, it should allow you to sleep when your head hits the pillow, plus you won’t wake up in the night.
You must help yourself stay healthy by getting enough sleep every night. If you follow the tips above, you should be able to retrain your body into getting a good night’s sleep from now on. The effort you put in will be repaid through night after night of deep, restful sleep.