By Deann Barrow
Many people have trouble getting a good night’s sleep, and are always looking for ways to solve this problem. With over 40 million Americans suffering from insomnia, the treatments and remedies are endless. However, not all insomnia therapies work for everybody. Below are 6 tips that may help you to get the sleep you need.
Set and maintain a consistent bedtime routine. By doing this, you will train your mind and body for sleep at the same time every night. Studies have shown that people who suffer from insomnia and regulate their waking and bedtimes, were able to conquer their inability to fall asleep. Making other changes such as, avoiding naps during the day and only using your bedroom to retire to, also helps.
Why keep your bedroom at a cool, comfortable temperature? Keeping your bedroom cool can trick your body into thinking it’s time for sleep. When you go to sleep, your body’s temperature drops. If the room’s thermostat has already been lowered, your body will be pushed toward wanting to sleep that much sooner. Sleep experts recommend this room temperature be between 65 and 72 degrees, depending on what’s comfortable for you.
Get help for Acid Reflex or GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disorder). GERD is stomach acid backing up into the esophagus, which causes heartburn and pain. Acid reflux normally comes from eating certain types of food, excessive eating and drinking. It disturbs sleep because lying down is when it’s the worst. For this condition, if its severe enough that your sleep is affected, you should see a physician to be tested and treated with the proper medication In fact, some doctors will screen for it when a patient comes to them with complaints of insomnia.
Going to bed hungry makes a sound sleep nearly impossible. You will be constantly aware of your hunger. Have a snack containing the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan can be found in foods such as, lean turkey, poultry, meat, cheese, yogurt, fish, and eggs. Foods rich in tryptophan induces drowsiness.
Consider having your pets sleep in an area separate from your bedroom. Having a pet in bed with you, may cause you to wake if your pet moves around a lot on the bed.
Caffeine should be avoided before bed. If you drink caffeinated coffee, cola, or tea, make sure it’s at least 4 to 6 hours prior to retiring for the evening. Chocolate is also included in this group. Caffeine is a stimulant and will keep you alert, and unable to sleep.
Do deep breathing activities before bed such as, meditation, yoga, tai chi or muscle relaxation. Take a warm bath, listen to soft nature or ocean sounds, or read relaxing good book.
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