Do you suffer from insomnia? Do you lie awake in bed, staring at the ceiling while tossing back and forth, back and forth? Do your thoughts race for hours upon hours? Try these methods for catching the sleeping bug!
This one is my favorite because it helps me the most. If I’m having a hard time getting to sleep, I will do yoga for 5-10 minutes. It helps calm both my body and my mind, which helps me get to sleep faster.
Put Away That Phone!
If you’re like me, this is a hard one! The blue light from our phones is similar to daylight. When you are exposed to it, your brain thinks it needs to be awake! Try to give your brain at least 30 minutes without your phone (or laptop) to wind down and help you sleep.
Limit Caffeine Before Bed
I discovered I have a time limit for my caffeine intake. If I want to get to sleep by 9:00pm, I have to stop drinking caffeine by 5:00pm (This may be a grandma bedtime, but I’ve got kids! And one of them is a newborn).
Exercising has a plethora of good effects on the body, and one of them is helping you sleep. It is a stimulant, so don’t do it right before bed! Instead, allow at least a few hours for your body to wind down afterward.
Still Can’t Sleep?
Don’t continue lying in bed torturing yourself by staring at the ceiling! You don’t want your subconscious associating your bed with not sleeping. Find a quiet activity in another room and hopefully, your body will start sending you sleepy signals, saying its ready for bed.
Hopefully these hacks for insomniacs are helpful to you! They are tried and true methods for me, and without them, I would probably never get enough sleep.