Common thought is that insomnia is more prevalent in those with a high
I.Q., however tell that to someone who’s still counting sheep at 3:00 a.m.!
♥ Personally speaking, I’ve found that getting as much walking as possible during the day has totally improved my ability to fall asleep naturally and right away and sleep deeply through the night. I realize though that not everyone can do that. But do try to get as much walking in during the day as you can possibly do. I found that once I downloaded an app on my phone that counts the steps I take daily helps to insure that I walk way more than I would without it. I use an app called Pacer and it’s free.
♥ We know that diet effects wellness – in both good and bad ways. And it goes without saying that what you’re eating can radically take charge of your sleeping habits. Drinking caffeinated drinks too close to bedtime can keep you up until the wee hours. As could eating sugar laden foods in the evening. Even eating later on in the day could prevent good sleep. Having ice cream or dessert way after dinner is probably not a good option. However, do not go to bed hungry or you may wake up in the middle of the night absolutely starved or worse yet, a brutal headache the minute you open your eyes. Next week we’ll go further into what foods to eat or not in order to make sure you achieve those beneficial zzz’s.
♥ Getting in bed and then looking at your tablet or phone is just not a good option. The blue light in these electronics can interfere with you enough to disrupt that so needed sleep. Try a pair of glasses that will block out those blue lights. A good book right before bed is generally a better choice. Or even some soothing music when you turn the lights out.
♥ Some medications or even a combination of some can interfere with your sleep. So check with your pharmacist or doctor to make sure this is not a cause of your sleeplessness.
♥ Wine or liquor too late in the evening can have an opposite effect in that although it may help bring on that needed rest, you could wake up a few hours later and not be able to get back to sleep.
♥ Then of course, there’s that life thing that’s just waiting to interrupt the sandman – STRESS!!! No matter what our circumstances, we all experience it sometime in our life. And I know how brutal that can be. For help dealing with anxiety and insomnia, herbs like valerian and hops might be useful. Drinking calming teas like chamomile or breathing in the soothing scent of lavender essential oil could also help you relax before bedtime. I realize there’s no easy cure for stress, however hopefully, for the moment you’ll be able to put it out of your mind and get that sleep since because whatever is causing that discomfort makes it even more important to get that sleep.
♥ Do bedtime yoga regularly. It can improve your sleep and help if you’re feeling stressed or anxious. Take at look HERE at these yoga positions.
♥ Make a sleep journal. Writing down your worries just before climbing under the covers is also a good way to help you get to sleep faster. Another journaling thing to do just before bed is to write down a list of to do’s for the next day. This way you will not have to lay in bed thinking about them and worrying what you may be leaving out.
So if you’ve forgotten what it’s like to enjoy a good night’s sleep, I hope some of the above thoughts will help.
I understand this is one of life’s worst demons and I pray you can overcome them! I know sometimes it’s not easy, but try some of my tips.
Try some music, try journaling, try that yoga – whatever it takes so you will sleep well and wake up refreshed ready to take on the day!
Because without that wonderful nightly slumber, you will not be able to love life!!
This is just another baby step which will completely help your overall health, energy, and well-being!
Because you will feel so on top of the world, this is how you will love life!