Tips for Managing Insomnia
Restless nights, days of struggling at work in a coma-like state, only to do it again-- it’s the life of an insomniac. When you’ve given up on correcting sleep patterns that are driving you crazy, practice these tips and manage your insomnia!
Keep a Regular Sleeping Schedule
Keeping a regular sleeping schedule is imperative to optimize sleep. Make a commitment to yourself that you will go to bed at a certain time and stick to it. Even if you have to miss your favorite rerun or feel the urge to Facebook friends about a new purchase.
You finally settled into bed! Minimize interruptions by turning your cell phone completely off (no texting or playing with applications) and keep it at a distance. That means out of arms reach. Keep your room dark and cool and run a fan or humidifier to keep outside noises at bay.
Avoid Exercise Prior to Bedtime
You should commend yourself for exercising with such little sleep. However, forgo the Wii Fitness and the gym 2-4 hours before bed time.
Cut Back on Caffeine
Steer clear of caffeine four hours before bedtime to avoid sleeplessness, restlessness and stress.
Try reading a book that won’t over stimulate your mind to help you fall asleep.
Do Your Homework
Do your homework on insomnia and make an appointment to see a primary care doctor for guidance.
A Deeper Problem
Your mind just won’t shutdown. Reruns of the day’s events and worries of tomorrow are robbing your peace and sleep--there could be a deeper problem. Seeking medical help should be the next step in solving your sleeping problems.
Share your struggles with close friends and family members Seek others who are dealing with insomnia for their support. Join an online community where you can contribute ideas and also be encouraged. You can defeat chronic insomnia!
Listen to Soothing Music
Soft instrumental music and nature tracks have tranquil effects and are known to aid in the sleep process. Praying and mediating on your blessings also induces peace before bed time.