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Catch Up On Your Precious Sleep With These Insomnia Tips

Jun 30

Catch Up On Your Precious Sleep With These Insomnia Tips

Is there an instant fix for insomnia? There isn't such a cure, but some tips can really help. We've listed them below so that you can give each a try.

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Try waking up earlier than usual. If you are up 30 minutes early, you may end up tired 30 minutes early, too. You'll be able to determine the optimal number of hours to aim for.

 

Don't make your bed the hub for all your activity. Your bed should only be for sleeping. If you are always trying to do other things in bed, your body knows that and isn't quite sure what it is there for. Make sure that you keep other activity out of bed and you'll fall asleep better.

 

Yes, drinking can make you feel sleepy and even knock you out, but when you wake up at 3am with a massive headache, you still won't get a good night's sleep. Avoid drinking if you have sleep issues as it can cause insomnia, frequent bathroom trips and a horrible hangover.

 

Stay away from alcohol. A lot of people try to soothe their sleep issues with alcohol, but that is not a good idea. For one thing, you don't want to become dependent on alcohol. For another thing, alcohol is a diuretic and may encourage nighttime urination and difficulty when you want to go back to sleep.

 

Taking two tylenol when you go to sleep has always been a big tip for people with insomnia. However, you can trade this out with an ibuprofen. Or, you can substitute taking tylenol or ibuprofen with all-natural melatonin. All three of these are able to put you in a relaxed state.

 

If your bedroom is not dark, it could be the reason why you have insomnia. Even the smallest light can hinder many people from falling asleep. If your clock is too bright, buy a new one that only lights up when you press a button. If there is too much outside light, buy darkening curtains to help keep your bedroom dark.

 

Introduce a nightly ritual of quiet time before bed. Television, smartphone and tablet use are common for many people as they prepare to sleep. These devices can create over-stimulation in your brain and prevent the proper shutdown needed for rest. Avoid these devices and opt for a good book or writing in a journal.

 

Try not to eat spicy foods for dinner or you may end up in discomfort at bedtime. Spicy foods can cause heartburn, and this can cause you to have problems falling or staying asleep. Keep the spice to lunch and you may find that you can sleep better at night.

 

Make sure that you are getting plenty of regular exercise to help reduce or eliminate your insomnia. Studies have shown that people who get plenty of exercise enjoy higher quality sleep. However, you should not exercise in the evening before bed. The exercise can stimulate you and make it harder to fall asleep.

 

After you read each tip on the list, try them out and see if they help get you to sleep at night. You'll start falling asleep faster and for longer periods of time. That extra rest every morning will be worth the research time.