For most of us, there will be a few nights here and there when we’re going to struggle to fall asleep or get a rested sleep, but if you’ve ever struggled with insomnia, you know that it’s a condition that can really impact your life and your health in so many different ways, and it’s certainly not the same as having a few restless nights.
So, if you’re currently dealing with insomnia, then in this post we’re going to share with you some tips for how you can stop it from controlling your life.
Whilst avoiding caffeine may not really help that much if you’re dealing with true insomnia, it’s also not going to help you sleep either, so if you do want to try and get back into a better sleep routine, then try to cut back on your coffee intake during the day and make sure your last cup isn’t too late in the day since caffeine takes a good 8-10 hours to leave your system, so around 2pm should really be maximum time where you have a coffee. Even if you switch to tea in the evenings then make sure you’re drinking something that’s either decaff or is naturally caffeine free such as herbal tea or fruit tea since tea contains a small amount of caffeine, and although it’s definitely less than coffee, some people are more sensitive to caffeine in general so it can affect you more than others.
Have a sleep routine:
Nowadays most of us have things like TVs in our bedrooms and usually have our phones next to our beds and more often than not we’re spending a lot of time befoe going to sleep starting at those screens so it’s really important that we’re able to create a bedroom environment that supports sleeping and rest. This means taking an hour before bed to wind down and get prepared for sleep, making sure your bedroom is free from clutter, and that it’s a calming and relaxing place – not full of bright lights and loud noises.
See a doctor:
One of the good things about insomnia is that it’s nothing new and doctors are very used to seeing and treating it, so if you’re really struggling and feel like you could benefit from some help, then make an appointment to see your doctor and ask what they would recommend to deal with your insomnia is a good idea. Before they look at what therapy options they could offer you, they’ll want to check you over to see if there’s something that’s causing your insomnia. Many things like stress, anxiety and even tinnitus or hormonal imbalances can all be causes of insomnia.
Eat a balanced diet:
It should go without saying that a balanced diet is something you should be aiming for all of the time to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but the food you eat can also be directly related to your ability to sleep – or in this case inability. So, try to avoid heavy and greasy foods before bed and make surre you’re getting plenty of vitamins and nutrients from your food.