Getting a good night of uninterrupted sleep is not just important for your body and mind’s well-being, but also for your sanity. Troubles with sleep can be aggravating and raise many concerns for many people. Are you having problems sleeping through the night? If you have recently found yourself reaching for the over the counter sleep aids and scanning the television channels in the middle of the night, sleeping problems are probably something you are all too familiar with.
How can you fight back against irregular sleep patterns and a general feeling of “insomnia”? We have read that some minor adjustments to your schedule and even your bedroom can help.
- Remember that you should be trying your hardest to get to sleep at the same time, and in the same place, each and every night. Even on the weekends, this means you should be waking up at the same time, too. This will get your body into a routine and make it easier for you to fall asleep faster and stay asleep.
- Exercise regularly. This is a good way to tire out your body and release endorphins.
- Monitor your caffeine intake. This does not mean you have to do away with caffeine completely, but it does mean that you should avoid over-doing it, or consume too much caffeine close to bedtime.
- Before you take that nap, limit it. A good nap is long enough to revive you but short enough not to impact your sleep – 15 or 20 minutes is best. Otherwise, you risk throwing your body’s sleep schedule off, and you may end up feeling more tired than you did to start!
- Make comfort a priority. You want your bed to feel fresh, inviting and relaxing. Wash your pillows regularly and splurge for that extra cozy comforter – your body will thank you.
What do you do when you find you cannot sleep? Some people reach for melatonin supplements from the drug store, others, a nightcap. Studies show that those things only have short-term effectiveness. Try out these methods instead!