I want to give you some great tips for insomnia which I’ve collected over the years, all of which are definitely worth trying.
“To sleep, perchance to dream…”
Insomnia is a miserable situation that we all find ourselves in at one time or another.
Please note: This page is for informational purposes only and is not medical advice. Always check out any medical problem with your physician.
You feel like you’re the only person in the world that’s still awake! Have a look at these tried and trusted tips for insomnia:
Alcohol: Very deceptive! Helps you to relax and possibly drop off to sleep quickly. However, it will cause disruptive and fitful sleep and early wakening.Caffeine: This includes coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate, etc. You know the culprits! Caffeine is a powerful stimulant and will keep you wide awake.
Nicotine: Again, a strong stimulant, causing disturbed and broken sleep.
Heavy meal It’s difficult for your body to relax after a large meal as your digestive system is working hard. Also, going to sleep after consuming a large meal can cause indigestion.
2. One of my personal favourite tips for insomnia! Sit quietly out of the bed of around 15 minutes and let yourself get quite cool – as you tuck back into your cosy, warm bed it becomes a natural sleep-inducing environment.
3. Try solitaire or computer chess. At 3am in the morning it can make you quite drowsy.
4. Take a run at doing your accounts or taxes – yawn! Guaranteed to send you back to bed sleepy.
. Well worth the small investment of time. Try it just before bedtime or just after you get into bed. You can learn a meditation technique or just formulate your own medthod, by using deep breathing or repeating a soothing sound or word such as ‘calm’, ‘peace’ or (hopefully) ‘sleep’.2. Essential Oils A few drops of lavender, vetiver, rosewood or camomile in a bowl of hot water by the bed, or in an electric oil burner, will be a help in creating the perfect sleeping atmosphere.
3. Deep Breathing. One of the easiest and most overlooked ways of winding down. To be effective, make sure to use abdominal breathing, inhaling and gently pushing your stomach muscles out. The majority of people ‘shallow’ breath (from the chest only), which can contribut to stress, depression and anxiety. To make sure you are deep breathing properly, it’s best to try it out while lying down – you can then judge whether you are breathing from your abdomen as described.
4. Herbal Teas. Not everyone is keen on them, but they have been proven to work for insomnia! Herbal teas to try are camomile, lemon balm and lime-flower. Sip slowly, making sure to inhale the aromas deeply.
Don’t stress out about not sleeping! It won’t help.
The only result of not sleeping is that it will lead to feeling sleepy and tired – just what you need for a good night’s sleep the following night.
If it becomes a regular occurrence, or already is, please get it checked out with your physician.
I hope some of these suggestions and tips for insomnia will help you. Sleep well!