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Insomnia Keeping You Up At Night? These Tips Can Help

Jun 24

Insomnia Keeping You Up At Night? These Tips Can Help

There are few beings on this planet who do not need sleep. Sleep is universal, and when you don't get it, it can be a problem. Not sleeping can be dangerous on the road, too. If you need to get some sleep, the following tips can help.

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When insomnia is the enemy, reserve the use of your bed for sleep only. Sleep experts say that using your bed for reading, writing or watching TV will devalue it as a sleep aid. If your mind sees your bed as a place for sleeping only, your body will be conditioned to fall asleep faster.


What you eat and drink before bedtime can have big effect on eliminating insomnia. Avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks and heavy meals within 3 hours of your regular bedtime. If there is a prescription medication that you are taking that may cause wakefulness, discuss a better time to take that medication with your doctor.


Everyone falls asleep better with regular bedtime routines. Practice deep breathing, take a bath, or listen to relaxing music. Making this a routine will promote a healthy pattern of sleep.


About half an hour before heading to bed, warm up a glass of milk. Drinking it will calm your nervous system and allow your body to rest when you lay down in bed. The calcium in milk is particularly effective in targeting jumpy nerves, making it the perfect before bed drink.


Think on something extremely boring. When battling insomnia, you've got to battle an active mind. An active mind is typically thinking on stressors, and that's not good. So put that active mind to use on something incredibly boring. Counting sheep is one way to do this. Give it a shot, it may work for you.


If you have trouble falling asleep on a regular basis, try to boost your melatonin levels. Tart cherry juice has been found to have high levels of melatonin. This can be found in natural or health food stores. A small amount a half an hour before bedtime can really help you fall asleep and stay asleep.


Stop taking naps. If you take a nap during the day, you are going to have a harder time going to sleep and staying asleep at night. When you cut out your nap, you will find that you have a better time remaining asleep when you go to sleep for the night.


If you are being awakened by noises, you may not even know it is happening. They may be so quick that you wake up and hear nothing, so you don't know why you're waking up at all. Consider putting a recorder in your room to see if this may be the problem.


Avoid caffeinated drinks at least six hours before bed. Drink something without coffee, or drink herbal teas that have soporific effects. Also, avoid eating and drinking sugary products before bed that give you an energy boost.


Armed with these suggestions, you are one step closer to finding a solution to this most bothersome problem. Don't lay in bed, frustrated with yourself. Use these tips to get that restful sleep you've always wanted.