It has happened to everyone from time to time and for a few unlucky others, it is part of their way of life – trouble sleeping. It is probably one of the most frustrating things you will ever have the misfortune of experiencing and it doesn’t exclusively occur to people who are not tired. The worst scenario is when you are actually tired but still cannot sleep. Some people even have the agony of falling asleep, being roused and then being unable to resume sleep after they’ve woken. Lack of sleep or a poor sleep pattern, doesn’t just make you feel bad, it is bad for you.
Your mind and body go through some essential regenerative, restorative and reparative processes while you sleep and when these functions are hindered, interrupted or unable to occur all together, shut eye will be the least of your problems. The inability to sleep and to sleep restfully can range from mild to severe and both have many different causes. Some are internal and some are external – before you self-diagnose however, it’s best to try some lifestyle changes first before you label yourself an insomniac!
There are many things you can do to help get back to bed quickly and to enjoy a deep, restful sleep. The over-the-counter market is full of light sleeping aids and gentle sedatives that are non-habit forming and that can help you relax, giving way to a restful rest. If going to the pharmacy isn’t something you enjoy or you don’t necessarily have time for, you can visit websites like PureFormulas.com and choose from their vast offerings of sleep-aids to help lull you into slumber. In addition to a sleep aid you may want to experiment with some of our other suggestions to help you get the rest you need, quickly and easily.
- Keep your bedroom a sanctuary for sleep: It is all too convenient that we end up doing a lot of things in bed other than sleep. We eat, watch tv, do home work, study, plan, argue, just to name a few and all of these things are actually rather energizing. You need to make your bedroom an oasis of all things sleepy – eat at the dining table, work in your office and watch tv in the television room! When you come to bed, there must be no distraction from your main objective which is rest and sleep. Now, there is something else that goes on in bed that’s very allowable – even that can help with sleep as well! So limit activity to two things in bed – a loving frolic with your partner or just plain old sleeping. Everything else has a place to happen and the bed and bedroom’s not it!
- Don’t have that last smoke: Smoking isn’t good for anything, hands down – but we can’t pretend that it isn’t an addiction and hoping you’ll read this and quit is unrealistic. What we can inform you of is this – having a cig before bed will actually make sleeping more difficult. Why? Because smoking floods your bloodstream with a very powerful stimulant – nicotine. How do you expect to rest if you're all hopped up on a stimulant? Take our advice, skip that bed time smoke and you’ll fall right into sleep. An added bonus? One less a day will help, not harm you