When it comes to being tired and actually trying sleeping, nothing is worse than insomnia. Whether it is falling asleep or staying asleep, the feeling is miserable. Frustration can build as you lay awake, keeping your mind thinking, while staring at the ceiling or watching time pass by on the alarm clock all night. I have this problem myself several nights a week, leaving me with less than 6 hours of sleep. I thought I would give some tips to those who can agree.
1. Exercise: Even if you can’t do it every day, give it your best try. Working out our bodies allows them to sweat and actually get tired from working hard (besides using our brains at work). Your muscles are able to relax once you have a moment to sit down before bed.
2. No eating before bed: Try to not eat 3-4 hours before bed. If your working late and need a light meal, at least allow an hour before bed for digestion. The more time the better, no stomach cramps or fat storing while you sleep. Brush your teeth after so you fight food cravings later on. Don’t forget to drink water or milk rather than caffeine in the evening as well.
3. Wear less: I like to wear a light, silk nighty to sleep. Heavy clothes are likely to either make you sweat, or bunch up and feel uncomfortable. Bed sheets feel much better on your skin allowing your body to be comfortable and more likely to sleep.
4. Relax and read before bed: I usually get in comfy clothes an hour or two before sleep. Whether it is taking a bath or watching a show. Right before bed, I suggest reading instead of looking at a bright screen on your phone or tv. We all know reading is healthy and helps our eyes get sleepy, let it be a great habit.
5. Don’t think: I don’t know about you but sometimes I find my thoughts keeping me awake. Thoughts about what I need to do the next day, worries about money or dreading work. Let these out BEFORE bed. You can write them in a journal or vent to a close friend. Just allow the thoughts to pass because you know you’ll get through it. Let your mind be free from worries as you lay down.
If there is a night where these just don’t cut it, sleepy time tea is recommended. There are several sleeping pills you can take as well but they often leave you feeling groggy in the morning unlike the chamomile and lemon-grass filled tea. 8 hours of sleep is a need; not a goal. Nobody should be sleep deprived just because the body says no.
Do you have any tips for sleeping well? Will you try any of these?