Nearly all of us have experienced problems going to sleep at some point or other in their lives.
And somewhere between 30-50% of the adult population suffer from actual insomnia at some level. It is estimated that this is chronic in ten percent of the population.
So how is the best way to remedy this incredibly common problem?
REMOVE ALL SCREENS FROM THE BEDROOM
If your bedroom has a television, then we recommend moving it.
At least, cover it and make sure it is turned off, in the hours leading up to bedtime.
The same also applies to any computer screens in your room. If your bedroom is also an office, then this could be impeding on your chances of a good night’s sleep.
Likewise, put away your tablet or cell phone, for a good couple of hours before you retire to bed. And make sure it stays off and out of sight until morning.
The constant stimulation of a beeping phone is poison to a good night’s sleep!
NO HEAVY MEAL IN THE EVENING
How often has indigestion been the cause of you staying awake, tossing and turning at night?
The best way to prevent indigestion is not to eat too heavily just before bedtime. We suggest a lighter meal for the evening and to eat more earlier on in the day, if you are having trouble sleeping.
BLACKOUT BLINDS AND EARPLUGS IF NECESSARY
Makes sure it is truly dark in your bedroom and invest in blackout blinds if needed. The same goes for blocking out noise – if you really struggle to sleep over the noise that is going on around you, then get some earplugs to prepare you for some quality rest.
TAKE SOME EXERCISE
Try and ensure you have taken some form of physical exercise earlier that day – it really does help with sleeping better later on.
Pretty much any form of exercise will help relax your body and your mind at night. It will make you feel better as well.
WRITE A LIST OF YOUR WORRIES
If you are a worry wort who can’t let go of their anxiety and finds their brain clouding with a big list of things to do at night, then simply write them down.
Before going to bed, make a list of all your worries and things that you need to do the next day – then you don’t have to think about them anymore!