Insomnia, also known as sleeplessness, is a sleep disorder in which people have trouble sleeping. They may have difficulty falling asleep, or staying asleep as long as desired. Did you know insomnia affects up to 25% of the population? Symptoms can vary from having difficulty getting to sleep or not being able to stay asleep to waking up early or simply not having refreshed sleep. Here a few tips to help you try and beat insomnia.
Avoid stimulants. No nightcap before bed. Although a drink may be relaxing and make you feel sleepy. Alcohol interferes with the sleep cycle
Switch off. There is not much you can do about your worries. Try writing whats bothering you, before bedtime, try and forget it and deal with it tomorrow
Get comfortable. Ensure your bed is firm and comfy and the room is not too hot or too cold.
Have a bath. Apparently your deepest sleep happens when your body temperature is at its lowest, usually early hours of the morning. So by having a bath or shower you are persuading your brain that to think that you actually heading towards the land of nod.
Re-Decorate. Use calming colours such as blue or lavender in your bedroom, and avoid bright, over-stimulating colours like red.
Use your imagination. If you cannot get to sleep, try imaging that your sound asleep, wrapped up all warm and comfortable, concentrate on your breathing, slowly and gently
Exercise. Two types of exercise help improve sleep. One that can wear you out such as running, cycling and weights. This type of exercise is best taken in the morning. The second helps to calm and soothe body and mind, including yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi this can be done in the evening.
Getting a good night’s sleep is important for many reasons. If you are suffering from long-term insomnia and cannot sleep well you may benefit from a few sessions of a holistic therapy Aromatherapy and reflexology are ideal to help re-balance your body and improve your sleep patterns.
Article Source: Lisa Elsworth