Sleep is the most important things in our life. Without it we get cranky, irritable, and flat out exhausted. Long term sleep deprivation has been linked to heart disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, and obesity. Insomnia affects 30%-50% of the population. That’s a lot of sheep counting!
I myself am affected by insomnia on occasion. More so these days it seems, which is why I’m writing about this topic. I’ve narrowed down to what I think is causing my nights of sleeplessness. First off, I’ve been feeling pretty stressed lately. Moving to a new city, and starting my own business can cause some stress for sure. Second, drinking too much water at night. Waking up in the middle of the night because I have to pee, then not being able to fall back asleep. Third, I’ve noticed lately that if I choose to consume any alcohol, I tend to wake up in the middle of the night.
Those are some of the main things I think is causing my insomnia. I am getting better sleep lately, due to some adjustments I’ve made. I’m not letting myself get too stressed out in the evenings by doing some deep breathing, I limit the amount of water I drink in the evenings, and I’ve stopped drinking alcohol (except on special occasions).
Doing these things have helped quite a bit, plus a little help with either melatonin or valerian root.
But here are some other tips to help combat insomnia.
1. Eat healthy throughout the day, and eat a light, satisfying dinner 2-3 hours before bedtime.
2. Get more exercise during the day, just not too close to bedtime.
3. Relax your eyes by reading, turn off your tv and get off the computer.
4. Stay away from caffeine and alcohol, both of which can cause insomnia.
5. Get into a routine for bedtime, one that will get you to relax.
6. Make sure the room and bed you are sleeping in are comfortable.
7. Go to sleep and wake up around the same time on most days.