When you’re suffering from insomnia, do you wish there were some natural remedies that you could use instead of reaching for those over the counter or prescription sleep medications? Everyone knows that it is critical to getting a good night’s sleep to be successful, but occasionally insomnia will prevent that from happening. Believe it or not, there are some natural ways that you can get better sleep simply by making a few minor changes to your sleep space, and your schedule will make a huge difference.
Create a routine for yourself.
The very best way that you can get started on the path to beating your insomnia is to create a routine for yourself. Of course, it’s necessary that you also stick to this routine. You can’t simply create it and then only follow it occasionally. You must start going to bed and waking up at the same time every single day- even on days that you’re not working. Sure, you can stay up late and go out occasionally if you wish- but you must not allow that to become your norm.
Exercise every day.
Believe it or not, exercise truly does play a significant role in making sure that you’re able to get a good night’s sleep. However, you should make sure to schedule your exercise either early in the morning when you first get up or in the early afternoons. You never want to exercise just before going to bed because many times, exercise will actually energize you because it increases serotonin and endorphin production. Instead, in the evenings before going to bed, do a few light stretches or even yoga to wind down so that you can settle in easily.
Pay attention to caffeine consumption.
This one can be difficult for some people- especially if you’re not getting the sleep that you need. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you have to give up that morning cup (or two) of coffee. However, pay close attention to the time when you’re reaching for more. If you tend to have a second (or more) cup in the middle of the day or afternoon/evening, that may be what is keeping you awake at night. If at all possible, try to refrain from having caffeinated products after 4 pm. More details here!
Take a (short) cat nap.
Many people love having an afternoon nap and try to fit one in whenever possible- and this is fine, as long as it’s kept short. If you must have an afternoon nap, keep it at about fifteen to twenty minutes and instead of waiting until the evening, try to get it in early in the afternoon.
Reconsider your nightcap.
Sure, alcohol does make you feel drowsy most of the time- but you should know that passing out after having a drink is not exactly the same thing as letting your body naturally fall asleep. Also, keep in mind that alcohol will often cause restless sleep and result in bathroom trips in the middle of the night. Though that drink (or two) will put you to sleep, chances are you won’t stay asleep all night long.
If you struggle with insomnia, try out these natural remedies to beat it and get a good night’s sleep. After all, what do you have to lose?
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