Inability to sleep at night can be caused by many factors, both physical and emotional. From worry about someone breaking in to too much caffeine, and a multitude of things in between, you may feel like a good night’s sleep is the last thing that you will ever experience. There are things you can do, however, to make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep. Read on for some often over-looked solutions.
Worrying is often the most common reason you can’t sleep. To help eliminate this, make a habit of both creating a safe sleep environment and emptying your mind of problems. An excellent place to start is installing Security Systems in your Seattle Washington home or apartment. The knowledge that any odd sounds you hear are not caused by intruders in your house will make it possible to disregard the noises, reassured that an alarm system is in place to catch everything from fires to intruders. Next, make a habit of writing down all your worries each night to rid your mind of problems. You can sleep knowing that tomorrow you will not forget anything important that needs accomplishing.
According to Prevention.com, the best bedtime snacks are a combination of carbohydrates and either calcium or a protein source that contains the calming enzyme, tryptophan. They suggest a snack of cheese and crackers, a banana and peanut butter or fruit and non-fat yogurt.
Keep a schedule
By going to bed at the same time each night and rising at the same time each morning, you can set your internal body clock. Once you have established a routine that works for you, don’t vary it if at all possible. Soon, your body will sense your pre-programmed bedtime and will send out sleep messages to your brain as it approaches.
Get the correct pillow
Your neck and body should be perfectly aligned while you sleep. Try to find a pillow that allows for this. If your neck is not comfortable, even if you don’t consciously feel pain, your sleep will be disturbed and you will wake less than refreshed.
Check medication side effects
Medications such as beta blockers and anti-depressants in the SSRI class can cause you to feel awake. If you are taking any of these, check with your doctor about changing the schedule you take them to help lessen the wakefulness they cause.
Don’t get up
If you are having trouble sleeping, but still feel comfortable and content, lay there and relax. Concentrate on your breathing and clearing your mind. Sleep will eventually come, but the simple act of relaxing comforting will help refresh your body and mind.
Turn your computer off
Not just your computer, but any electronic device that emits a blue light will stimulate your mind and keep you from a deep sleep. According to Web MD the ideal time to turn off all stimulating blue light devices is an hour or more before bedtime.
Hide your clock
At least, turn it around so the numbers are not visible. If you are awake, you have a tendency of checking the time and worrying about how little time there is left before your alarm rings. This worry keeps you awake even more, afraid that if you fall asleep now, you may sleep through your alarm. In addition, the light from the numbers can be stimulating to your mind.
By following the above advice, you should be able to eliminate many of the sleep-robbing things in your life and enjoy a night of restful sleep knowing you are safe, secure and comfortable.