Sometimes, you want to sleep, but your brain won’t stop talking to itself. If this continues, the lack of sleep can and will affect your overall health.
Regular exercise can help you sleep throughout the night. The more time you spend working out, the more sleep your body will need. Finding the best time to work out depends on your body’s rhythm. For some, early morning workouts are the best while for others, a couple of hours before they hit the sack is ideal.
Relieve your anxiety
Anxiety and stress commonly lead to sleeping difficulties. To make matters worse, the lack of sleep intensifies it. Apart from sleep concerns, anxiety leads to feeling restless, being irritable, having trouble concentrating, overthinking, and over planning. Onset anxiety can be resolved through education. Reading books and daily writing in your journal are effective ways of alleviating stress. Writing is therapeutic because it takes away the agony of not being able to tell the story inside of you.
Soak in a whirlpool bath
Mindful bathing in warm water improves mood but whirlpool bathing can do that better. A whirlpool bath has swirling water that makes your bathing experience more luxurious and refreshing. Using a tub with current relieves stress and sore muscles. As this bathing experience eases your tensed body and mind, sleep becomes more natural. A bath before bedtime helps makes you sleep faster and sounder.
Indulge in aromatherapy
Stress can cause insomnia which makes sleeping difficult while also affecting the quality of your sleep. Stress causes low energy, constipation, low immunity, and chest pains, to name a few. Lavender and chamomile, among other essential oils, have calming and soothing properties that reduce stress. Aromatherapy makes use of the natural relaxing qualities of essential oils to improve sleep and well-being.
Change your lifestyle
If you usually do not have trouble sleeping and suddenly you do, it’s your body calling your attention. Reflect on what has changed or what needs to change to improve your sleeping situation.
A contemporary solution to sleeping difficulties is the use of apps that help you fall and stay asleep. Some of these apps tell bedtime stories to reinforce a sleep routine that stems from your childhood. Other apps make use of guided and unguided meditation and binaural beats. Others use sounds from nature like waves and rainforest sounds to calm your worries. Some apps make you stare at a trancing photo, using hypnotism principles to take your focus off your problems.
Reduce Daytime Naps
While short power naps have proven effective, sleeping for a prolonged period during the day can hamper your sleep at night. Researches have shown that sleeping during the daytime confuses a person’s internal clock, and his or her body struggles to rest at night. If you feel drowsy, try distracting yourself by reading a book or watching a movie.
Consult a therapist
If you have already tried everything you possibly can and nothing works, consider talking to a therapist. Or a different one at that. You only have one life to live and a life without sleep is only for zombies.
Sleep matters. It allows us to call it a day and then invigorates us. No matter how busy you are, sleep enough. Enough sleep reflects healthy self-love.