Insomnia affects people at different times, in different ways, and under different circumstances. There are many tips and insomnia treatments, both clinical and natural. Following are some tips to try before consulting a professional.
If you can’t sleep, it’s difficult to function during the day. There are many factors that can contribute to sleeplessness, or insomnia. Many tips involve slight changes to diet or lifestyle. Read on to see if any of the following tips might be a consideration for you.
Open up the windows. Whenever you can, get some fresh air. Many germs and toxins collect in your house, due to chemicals in cleaning supplies, dust, dust mites, and other unidentified substances. During the day, let the breeze shake things up a bit. Feel free to shut them before going to sleep.
Try to get yourself on as regular a schedule as possible. If you work nights, try going to bed as soon as you unwind. Despite reports on the harmful effects of the sun, a little sunlight is very healthy. Try to get some exposure to direct sunlight every day. This helps to regulate your body clock as well.
Try not to nap throughout the day. Naps can be effective at times, but sometimes they can make you feel worse, and naps are certainly not helpful if you’re having trouble getting to sleep at night. Try to remain on a schedule, while still factoring in sleepiness. Don’t try to go to sleep if you do not feel tired, but attempt to wake up at the same time each morning. Sooner or later, you will find internal clock will understand when it’s ready to sleep.
Flip your mattress. We generally sleep in the same positions on the same side of the bed. Turn your mattress over end for end, and flip it over to the other side. You may find a frequent flip will be more comfortable, therefore assisting in better sleep habits.
If you have trouble with meditation, at least try taking several deep breaths as soon as you get into bed. This helps relax the body. If you can, visualize the breath entering into your body and relaxing each limb, organ, and cell. Focusing on a process such as this one will not only relax you, but it may help you fall asleep as well.
It’s best to try to stop the race of thoughts that may be going through your mind. If you’re worried about the events of that day, or worse, the events of tomorrow, you’ll never get to sleep! Try to blank out those thoughts, or disconnect from them, letting them flow past without connecting to your feelings. If this doesn’t work, replace your thoughts with a happy story. Much like a child’s bedtime story, you can tell yourself a happy little story in your mind. This one always helps me.
It is believed that lack of magnesium in your diet can also contribute to insomnia. Try to elevate your magnesium intake by slightly changing your eating habits. Especially if you’re on medication, never make changes without consulting your physician. Changes to diet may complicate any clinical programs that you may be on.