It is important in our daily part of life. We cannot function properly without it. What it is? you may be asking. The answer is sleep. While getting eight hours of sleep a day is ideal, some of us do not always get that amount. We may have a hectic schedule such as working overtime, having to travel to a special event or just having to attend too many activities. Sometimes we just toss and turn when we are in bed, worrying that we will not get enough sleep. While some of us struggle with insomnia once in a while, for others this is a day-by-day struggle. While feeling tired the next day, people who suffer from insomnia may also experience difficulty concentrating, depression and anxiety.
The first thing is not to worry about it. If you go to bed, close your eyes and the sand man does not seem to come knocking at the door, get out of bed and do an activity to keep your mind off the sleep that you are missing. I work night shift and sometimes I find it hard to fall asleep right away. When this happens, I will occupy my mind with reading a chapter or two in a book. After doing this, my mind is ready to go into relax mode. I also listen to meditation music that I downloaded onto my kindle. This music helps relax me. Another method I use when I am trying to sleep is I close my eyes and visualize a peaceful place. Sometimes it is a forest with a stream or a waterfall. This visualization trick has helped me many times to reach slumber land.
Exercise goes a long way in helping a person fall asleep. Some people may think that exercising would put the body in overdrive and the body would be too wound up to fall asleep. However, when you exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, you are making your body physically tired. I have been making it a habit to stop at the gym on the way home from work each day. While I am doing this to keep fit and to watch my weight, I am also preparing my body for a peaceful sleep. You do not have to have a vigorous weight training routine. Just taking a 30 minute walk will provide enough exercise.
Create a sleep cycle by going to bed and waking up at the same times. Even before you go to bed set up a routine such as taking a shower, reading a book or having a cup of non-caffeinated tea. Doing this consistently will tell your body that it is time to go to sleep and will train it to recognize that it is time for going to sleep.
Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic drinks before you go to bed. These are stimulants and will not help you get a restful sleep. Also avoid smoking cigarettes before you go to bed. Do not eat a heavy meal. While this is not a good idea if you are trying to lose weight, it will also disrupt your sleep pattern. It is better to grab a light snack.
You might be experiencing sleep problems because of your bed. Maybe the mattress is lumpy or the sheets make you itch. Purchasing a new mattress and better quality sheets does wonders for your sleep routine.
Remove distractions from your bedroom. Do not let you pets sleep with you if they are keeping you awake. Do not sleep with your lights on or turn them down to the lowest setting possible. Turn the television set off.
We all suffer from insomnia during one part of our life or another. Following the above tips will help you get the sleep that your body needs. However, if you still are having problems falling asleep and waking up on a schedule, talk to your doctor or health care professional.