I go back and forth between insomnia for weeks on end and then a few days or even a week of restful nights.
Do you ever have nights where you just cannot seem to fall asleep, and when you do, you toss and turn and wake up multiple times? Of course you do; we all do. But most of us just choose to suffer through these nights and hope the streak of poor sleep ends sooner rather than later.
But there are things you can do about it. To help get better sleep, try some of our tricks below.
- Make a Bedtime Routine
This is something pediatricians recommend for children struggling to fall asleep, but it isn’t something that only works for children. Do the same thing every day before bed and go to bed at the same time. Soon enough, you will notice your body responding to it by falling asleep quickly.
2. Hit the Gym
Or go for a walk or use an app or a video—just be sure to get moving. Vigorous workouts will deliver the best results, but every little bit helps. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime as the endorphins will keep you awake.
3. Check the Temperature
Even if you love piling on blankets, a cool room is best. 60-67 degrees is the ideal range for sleep as it helps your body cool down, a natural part of falling asleep.
4. Get Rid of Distractions
Do you work in bed? Watch TV? Read this blog on your iPad? While we don’t want to discourage your readership, if you want to sleep well, you should take it all to another room. You want your brain and body to associate bed with sleep, not stressful activities or tasks that force you to stay alert.
5. Make Your Bed an Oasis
Get the best pillows, comforters, and mattress you can afford. You need to be comfortable so you can easily fall asleep rather than ruminating over how awful your bed it. Treat yourself.
Give it all a Try
Now give these tips a try for a few weeks and see if you notice any results. If you do not, there may be something bigger at play and it is best to speak with a doctor. However, we hope that all you need is to use these simple tricks.