Having trouble Sleeping? – some advice for you

November 6, 2008

in Sleeping Tips

If you are one of those people who have trouble sleeping (like me) the trick is to try to see what you are doing wrong and correct it instead of resorting to medications (duh!). I have learned that when you try to induce sleep unnaturally your muscles don’t relax and your body remains fatigued as you do not complete your sleep stages. Try to look for easy and natural solutions to your sleep problems instead. So I have researched a bunch about this topic and wrote some stuff to help you!

Need Help Sleeping ? Try These Simple Tips

Are you one of the many thousands who just can’t sleep for unfathomable reasons? Is this causing you to be irritable, tired and lazy all the time? Then you may be suffering from ‘Insomnia’ and the following few sleeping tips may help you get over this problem and get a good night’s sleep every single night.
First and foremost, stress is the most popular reason for sleeping problems. It will help if you keep your bedroom simple, clutter free and relaxing. Turn off the television, computer, radio, iPod etc an hour before you go to sleep. Take a long luxurious warm and relaxing bath after this and have some warm milk. Milk contains tryptophan which has a relaxing effect on the body. Avoid taking cold showers.

Lay off the caffeine. Caffeine is a known stimulant and keeps your body going. Avoid consuming anything with caffeine 3-4 hours before going to sleep. Instead use Valerian roots or Melatonin solution. These are herbal supplements that you can take with milk and are known to help sleeping. Melatonin is a hormone that is secreted by the Pineal gland in the body that plays an important role in the body’s circadian rhythm.

If you smoke or drink, then you should seriously think of quitting both the habits. Studies show that people who smoke and drink are more prone to insomnia than non smokers and drinkers. Please do not think drinking alcohol during day will solve the problem. You will have to quit all together.

Use a firm bed. A soft and squishy bed may feel very comfortable but it does not support your body muscles. Since muscles are not in a proper position, they are not able to relax and hence you are not able to sleep. Do not work on your bed in any condition. Program your body so that bed means sleep.

Try and avoid going out late at night for parties or other social gatherings at least until you have been able to establish a regular sleep pattern. Staying up late night can upset all your efforts and you may have to put in double the effort to get back on track again. Do not sleep in even if it is a weekend. Keep your bed as neat as possible. Use firm pillows and remember an extra pillow do not guarantee sleep.

Being physically active helps especially if you indulge in a little exercise late in the afternoon or if you do some stretches for a few minutes before going to bed. Avoid taking a nap in the afternoons no matter how tired you may be. Dress for bed according to the weather conditions so you don’t have to get up in between to change in case you are uncomfortable half way through the night. Go to sleep at the same time and wake up at the same time. Make a sleep routine and stick to it. If your body and mind connect you will never ever have any sleep troubles again.


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Kara November 12, 2008 at 12:40 am

I was just asking someone if having a routine (wake up & go to bed at certain times) helped sleep issues and now I know. Great Info!


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