How to cope with insomnia.

Hey readers,

I have suffered from insomnia on and off my life to have had some ways that have really helped me and I thought I would share with you. You may find them helpful, obviously, everyone is different.


Caffeine.

One of the most obvious things to do is cut back on caffeine as that is a stimulant and that will keep you more alert. I recommend not having things like tea or coffee an hour before you go to bed as this can help slow down the mind and help you get you in a relaxed mood.

Cold bedroom.

A cold bedroom is recommended as your body needs to drop below your core temperature to help initiate sleep. It is much easier to get to sleep when it is cooler because your body eventually will warm up. I have always found this really helpful to do. I sometimes open the window half an hour before to get that breeze going through.

Write down how you are feeling.

With insomnia, there could be a psychological reason why you are struggling to sleep. I find writing down your thoughts in a constructive way to help as writing it down is concrete rather than festering and going round and round in your brain. When you wrote down I feel a release and it really does help reduce anxiety, I might not have a cure but seeing it on paper makes me feel less stressed.

Watch something relaxing.

I find if I watch something serious or scary then that can trigger thoughts and cause me to have a restless sleep. I now much prefer to watch something light-hearted and preferably something to do with comedy as laughing is good for the soul and it helps you relax too.

Electronics.

Leave your electronics in another room because they are a devil a keeping you wide awake and alert. Plus it is difficult especially late at night on eBay *ahem*. It is better to read a book in bed if you feel the need to do something (not an e-reader).

Bath.

Having a soak in the bath is a good way to relax and get you in a sleepy frame of mind. It allows you to soak your muscles.

Exercise

Doing exercise is a great way of getting rid of any frustration and can help make you feel sleepy by all the physical working out you do.

Avoid naps.

Now having naps during the day is glorious. However, if it becomes a habit then it can really affect your sleeping pattern and could stop you from drifting off easy when it comes to bedtime. It is best if you can avoid naps as it really makes you want to sleep when it comes round to going to bed.

Get up.

if you can't sleep get up because there is no point just lying around waiting to go back to sleep when we all know it is not going to happen. It is more practical to come back to bed when you are feeling more sleepy. They do stay clear of the electronic devices.

Doctors.

Now if you feel that you do have a long-term problem and it is affecting your life then your best option is to go to speak to the doctors as they are the professionals and they can help you on a medical term.

Cheers for reading X

3 Little Buttons

14 comments

  1. My fella hates that I like to have the bedroom cold but it really does help me sleep.
    Great tips x

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    1. I am going to follow your tips as since suffering a stroke, I struggle to get to sleep #,kcacols@_karendennis

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  2. I only have caffine in the morning and try to fit in exercise each day, these two are really important for me #KCACOLS

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  3. Sleep has always been my sanctuary but these days I often have anxiety at night so keep waking up and struggling to get back to sleep. The caffeine tip is an important one for me and I am finding a food supplement is helping me too #AnytyhingGoes

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  4. fabulous tips as usual Sam, and most I follow. I have to take medication to help me sleep, but I do find that using my phone, or watching something stimulating/scary before bed still have an affect. My husband cannot sleep at all in a warm bedroom so ours is always freezing, thank goodness for warm duvet's.

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  5. Great tips - not being able to sleep is the worst! A long bath usually works for me.

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  6. Great tips. I'm lucky, I only have occasional periods of not being able to sleep, but am very much on board with getting up if I can't sleep. It really does make it worse lying their worrying about it, but getting up, reading a few pages of a book and then returning to bed, seems to work for me.

    #TwinklyTuesday

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  7. Some great tips. I really know where you are coming from! #KCACOLS

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  8. Genuinely useful tips. I've used and recommended some of these myself and to others. Thanks for linking up to #KCACOLS

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  9. I tend to just get up and read in the bath - that seems to get me to sleep when I have a second crack at it...I figure I can either toss and turn and get worked up, or I can do something productive and enjoyable...I'll be tired either way#KCACOLS

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  10. I will try the keeping the room cold thing. I agree with the watching a comedy before bed it definitely helps me. #DreamTeam

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  11. Not being able to sleep is the absolute worst. I find keeping our bedroom cooler really helps. #TwinklyTuesday

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  12. I totally agree with the caffeine, I never drink it after 6 in the evening #KCACOLS

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  13. Poor you! Thankfully this isn't something I've ever suffered from but still great tips we could all bear in mind #KCACOLS

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