Of course, it's pretty natural for you to have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep every now and then. While bothersome, you can deal with occasional sleepless nights by taking a cat nap the next day or going to bed extra early the next night. However, if you find that your sleep is impaired every night, you are right to be worried about that. Sleep deprivation affects your overall health. Besides affecting your mood and your energy level, it affects your emotional well-being. Sleep deprivation can even lead to weight gain which, in turn, can lead to serious diseases like diabetes and heart problems. In other words, getting a good night's sleep should be high on your priority list. Here are some ideas that might help that to happen.
Have A Routine - Remember when you were little, or when your kids were little? There was actually a routine that helped sleep to come more easily. Perhaps there was a family prayer first which was followed by brushing teeth and washing faces, or even a nice warm bath. A bedtime story and a little song followed by a sweet hug and kiss probably meant a darkened room and a good night's sleep. Tthat same routine, or a similar one, will often work for you now that you're an adult. Think of winding down with soft activities. That means no harsh or loud music, no stimulating television shows or movies, and no exercise. Here are some things you can do instead.
- Listen to soft music.
- Write in a daily journal.
- Look at a boring magazine.
- Read a dull book.
- Close your eyes and imagine something beautiful.
- Take a warm bath.
- Have a glass of milk.
Prepare Your Bed - An inviting bed can also lead to an inviting night's sleep. Have you ever stayed in a fancy hotel that turns down the bed linens for you? Think of doing the same thing for yourself awhile before it's time to hit the sack. You might even consider putting a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow, as it helps to relieve anxiety and insomnia. It might be time for you to purchase a new mattress. If you want a really good one, consider one that's adjustable so that you can set it to the exact firmness your body responds to. The great part about having an adjustable mattress is that you and your partner can have exactly the firmness you each desire. While adjustable mattresses are often more expensive than regular ones, the good night's sleep you get will make the cost worth every penny. The mattress will almost always come with a money-back guarantee if it's not what you expected. Just keep your receipt so you'll have proof of purchase.
Another good idea is to have a little jar by your bed with a pen and little pieces of paper next to it. As you go to bed, write down your concerns and stresses down, put them in the jar, and don't worry about them until the next day.