Nothing is worse than staring at a ticking clock when the rest of the world is sound asleep, and counting the hours and minutes until you have to be awake. “If I just fall asleep right now…” Chronic insomnia can impact your work performance, health, and reflexes behind the wheel. And the longer the problem continues, the harder it is to resolve. Follow the steps below to start getting some shut-eye.
- Get a check-up. There are a number of things that can affect your sleep habits, including pain, sleep apnea (breathing stops suddenly during sleep), menopause, and night sweats due to other health issues/disorders. Once resolved, you can get back to your normal sleeping habits.
- Assuming all is well, examine your diet. Are you consuming copious amounts of coffee, chocolate, or other caffeine-containing items? If you are, try to limit your intake to no more than two cups of coffee (or the equivalent) per day. Do not consume caffeine past 3:00 PM.
- Ensure that you are getting enough exercise. At a minimum, try to take a daily walk, or do some light exercising.
- Do not watch television in the bedroom.
- Allow yourself more time to fall asleep by going to bed earlier, if possible.
- Do not allow the stress of the day to invade your thoughts. When you close your eyes, imagine a peaceful place like the beach or a winding river. Each time your mind starts to drift to stressful thoughts, tell it to “STOP” and immediately visualize the peaceful place.
- Take a long soak in a hot tub. Add some Epsom salts to relax overworked, tired muscles, or chamomile tea bags to soften skin.
- Sip on warm cardamom almond milk. Stir in 1 teaspoon agave into a cup of almond milk that has been warmed. Sprinkle on 1/2 teaspoon of ground cardamom powder.
- Count backwards from 100 while alternately counting forward: 100, 1, 99, 2, 98, 3, etc.
- Warm 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and massage into temples, scalp, and hair.
Do you have any tips of your own? Please post them in the comments.