Are your worries about insomnia giving you sleepless nights? Have you been lying awake in your bed every night while millions of thoughts flood your mind? Have you been struggling to get a decent amount of sleep every night? If yes, then you are not alone. Sleeplessness has emerged as a very common problem that affects millions of people worldwide. So what do you do when the winks refuse to come to you? In this article we tell you exactly that.
Natural ways to combat insomnia
1. Relax and unwind
You have to relax and unwind for a while before going to bed. You will find it difficult to sleep if you hit the sack immediately after coming home from a long day’s work. Listen to some soft music, chat with your family members or simply sit and unwind while your mind disconnects and relaxes. This will help you fall asleep faster when you go to bed.
2. Assign a ‘worry time’
All of us have worries. But rather than worrying about the matters in bed, assign a specific time everyday to address the issues and try to work them out. You may not find the solutions right away, but your mind will be more at peace at night and you can fall asleep faster.
3. Don’t watch TV right before sleeping
Famous actor and Oscar winner, George Clooney, in an interview, had frankly stated that he struggles with insomnia. He said,
“Turning off the television causes me to think, and once I start that vision roaring, I have a very tough time getting to sleep.”
Watching TV right before sleeping can disturb your sleep to a large extent. Rather, listen to some soothing music or read a book just before you go to sleep.
4. Eat well before you sleep
You must have a balanced dinner but the meal should get over at least three hours before you sleep. A full stomach will make it very uncomfortable for you and you won’t be able to fall asleep with all that uneasiness.
5. Exercise earlier
Much like eating, the exercising should also be done earlier in the day. If you work out just before you go to bed, your muscles will be too sore and your body too warmed up and these factors will prevent you from falling asleep.
6. Cut down on caffeine
If you drink too many cups of coffee or tea in the day, it will greatly impact your sleep patterns at night. Limit your caffeine intake as much as you can. If you sleep well, you won’t feel tired and won’t need the extra cups of coffee anyway.
7. Seek medical help
If you follow the proper guidelines and still are unable to sleep, meet a doctor and take a sleep apnoea test. Sleep apnoea is a serious illness that requires immediate treatment.
Try the above mentioned tips and you may find it easier to fall asleep at night. There is nothing more annoying that lying awake in bed at 3 AM and watching the clock tick-by while desperately trying to fall asleep. However, incorporate these changes in your daily routine and you may just be able to fall asleep faster. Good luck!