Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep Tonight
Struggling to sleep? Ugh! I get it. Feeling exhausted and still not able to sleep can be maddening. Getting your sleep patterns back on track when they’re off kilter can be a challenge and can cause some serious issues, but when you’re experiencing the symptoms of sleeplessness, then you’ll know how important it is to get back on track. When you can’t sleep, it’s not just a case of feeling groggy the next day; insomnia is so much more than that. From dizziness and inability to concentrate to depression and anxiety, a lack of sleep affects all areas of your daily life.
Sleeping EnvironmentI’ve put together some top tips from health gurus to help you get the sleep you need–particularly when it comes to your sleeping environment.. Start with the basics by ensuring your environment is conducive to sleep. How is the light? Too little? Too much? Invest in black-out curtains to block our irritating streetlights or car headlights that keep you up, or add a nightlight to provide a little light when you’re sleeping. Then look at noise. If you have a snoring partner, a barking dog, or a noisy neighbor you may want to think about investing in some earplugs. You may also want to find an app that will fill your room with white noise. Anything that helps block out disturbances and prevent sudden wakings. Consider too, the temperature of your room. You want to err toward cooler temperatures, rather than too warm. Our bodies respond better to cooler temperatures when it comes to dropping off. If you’re in need of some replacement bed linen, then you might even consider something like a blanket from Hushblankets.com that are weighted for a more secure feeling. Weighted blankets can be especially soothing for those with anxiety and depression.
Bedtime RoutineAfter you’ve got your sleeping environment just right, take a look at your bedtime routine to see if there are any changes you can make to aid your sleep patterns. Switching your screen off at least two hours before you head to bed is a great place to start, and helps your brain to wind down from a day of stimulation and screens. It might also help to turn off the television an hour or two earlier as well. You need to help your body recognize the clues that bedtime is approaching. Setting a routine in place is one of the best ways to achieve this. Start with the screen downtime, dim the lights, get comfortable clothes on, and think about what else might make you sleepy. A warm bath or hot drink might help, but make sure to steer clear of alcohol. A few drinks might send you off but alcohol-induced sleep tends to be poor quality and can lead to more frequent night wakings. Avoid caffeine in the evenings as this will help prevent you from sleeping and caffeine has the potential to increase any nighttime anxiety you may struggle with. If all else fails and you still find yourself unable to get the sleep you need to function during the day, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor. Don’t suffer in silence. Talk about what you’re going through, get your sleep on track, and return to feeling normal again.
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