How to beat insomnia
We’ve all been there. You climb into bed, pull up the duvet, close your eyes and… nothing. You’ve been waiting for this exact moment all day long, you’re willing yourself to fall asleep, breathing deeply, thinking calm thoughts, but nothing works. You’re guaranteed your heavy eyes will give in during your morning meeting or waiting for your stop on the tube but the moment your head touches the pillow, sleep eludes you all over again.
For many of us, this is merely a bump and after a few nights, we manage to slip back into a regular sleep cycle. For some, however, that unfortunately doesn’t happen. If you’re one such person, read on to discover some key tips and tricks to help you beat insomnia once and for all.
Make your bedroom a sleep only zone
Yes, that means no phones! When you’re lying wide awake for the third night in a row it can be extremely tempting to start scrolling through your phone, catch up on a few emails or switch on the TV to distract yourself. All of these activities are telling your body you’re awake and immediately increasing your brain’s activity levels. Resist the temptation of distraction, remain calm and keep those eyes closed. Let your body know it’s time to relax.
Leave your troubles at the door
It’ll come as no surprise that one of the most common causes of insomnia is stress. Now, whilst it’s impossible to instantly alleviate any worries you may be having just in time for bed, there are a few things you can do to lessen its impact on your sleep pattern. So, whether it’s in the car driving home, whilst you’re making dinner or even sitting on the loo for 10 minutes, decide which suits you best, make this the time you dedicate to thinking over what’s bothering you and stick to it. Just make sure it’s not when you switch the light off for some shut-eye.
We know that in principle, exercise + lack of sleep = a ridiculous combination. However, regular exercise has huge proven health benefits including improvements to your sleep. Just make sure to finish exercising at least a few hours before bed so your body is tired and adequately recovered from the rush of endorphins.
Create an inviting space
There’s nothing like climbing under freshly washed sheets in a pair of new PJs but that’s quickly lost when you’re faced with mess and disorganisation right before you close your eyes. Make sure your sleeping area is clean, tidy and well organised to increase your comfort and prepare you for a restful night.