Insomnia is a condition that affects everyone occasionally, but there are also individuals who have chronic insomnia that leads to feeling tired each day. Finding better ways to sleep by changing your daily lifestyle and your bedroom’s environment can lead to a restful night’s sleep.
Stop Ingesting Caffeine
If you are having trouble getting to sleep or wake-up several times, then stop ingesting caffeine. You probably know that caffeine is in coffee, tea and many flavors of soft drinks, but this stimulant is also in chocolate, chewing gum or some medications. It is also possible that the bottled water you drink several times a day has caffeine. To avoid caffeine, read the labels on all foods and beverages before making a purchase.
Have a Regular Bedtime
One of the best ways to overcome insomnia is by going to bed at the same time each night and waking at the same time each morning. If you work unusual shifts in a job, then it is better to maintain the same sleeping schedule on your days off from work. By having the same waking and sleeping times, you can help to repair your body’s circadian rhythms.
Only Use a Bedroom for Sleeping
Make sure to use your bedroom for sleeping rather than watching television, playing on the computer or eating snacks. If you live in a studio apartment, then create separate zones for each activity to make sleeping easier.
Dim the Lights
When you have lights on in a bedroom, your brain might not calm down to permit restful and uninterrupted sleep. Begin to dim or turn off lamps an hour before your bedtime to help your body prepare for sleeping. If there are streetlights or sunlight coming in through windows, then install dark draperies or window blinds.
Replace a Mattress
It is nearly impossible to sleep throughout the night on an old and uncomfortable mattress. Look at the sides of your bed’s mattress to see if the item is sagging to determine if the item requires replacing.