Are you having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep? I used to have the same problem. If you’re worrying about something or are constantly stressed when you try to go to sleep this will affect your sleeping ability. I have come up with a few tips and tricks that may help you but I would also recommend going to see a doctor if your lack of sleep is affecting your everyday life.
- Get up earlier; this is a basic trick. Getting up earlier than usual means that your body is awake for a longer period of time so it may allow you to go to sleep earlier. However this can have a negative impact as you may get tired faster and therefore fall asleep too early or be succumbed to a nap in the middle of the day.
- Exercise; Recently I have started going to the gym and therefore have found that my body is more tired as my energy as run out allowing myself to fall asleep easier.
- Do more activities; If you’re not so keen on the exercise idea maybe try to engage your brain into more activities to use up your energy. These could include doing all of your homework/study, doing the housework, taking the kids to the park or hanging out with friends.
- Have a bedtime routine; engaging yourself into a routine means that the body is more aware of when it is time to go to sleep.
- Going to sleep around the same time every night; I noticed that if I practiced my bedtime routine around the same time every night I was able to fall asleep easier and stay asleep. Not only will your body get used to it but you will also feel calmer and more organised.
- Have a shower before bed; I find this most helpful in winter as I’m able to get warm then hop into bed. But this depends on what temperature you like to be at while sleeping.
- Being comfortable; if you’re uncomfortable in bed it will affect your sleeping patterns. Whether you need to adjust the temperature, change your pillows, you may need to black out the room or even invest in a new mattress.
- Worry Dolls; when I was a teenager I was given a worry doll. The purpose of it is it tell them your worries before you go to sleep and it actually works! I have had one for the past 3 years and it really does help to clear my mind so I’m not overthinking things. You can get one here or even just whispering your worries to yourself before you go to sleep can help as well.
- Turn your WIFI off or switch to silent; If i’m restless I tend to check my phone constantly. This inhibits my ability to fall asleep even more. Having your phone in a different room or even just on silent can stop the binging of a notification as well as your habit of checking it.
Getting enough sleep is an essential for us as humans to perform to the nest of our abilities in our everyday activities. I hope that some of these will help you guys achieve a great nights sleep.
– Self Care Blog x