Some nights we just lay down in our beds and we’re out like a light, while other nights we toss and turn relentlessly. Approximately 50-70 million adults in the United States have sleeping disorders. As our lives progress, we are bombarded by external factors that affect our mental capacity by the time the sun goes down and the moon shows itself. Every day we have stresses that may come from work, school, children or even your spouse. Sleep is such a vital part of our well-being and most of the time we choose to look past it.
By looking past our sleep issues, we are forsaking the health benefits that come from having a good nights’ rest. If we slept more, we would be able to focus better, have energy and nap less. So what can we do to fix this? There are lots of sleeping medications on the market that your doctor is able to issue with just a scratch of a pen on paper, but what if you don’t want to take medication to help you do something as simple as sleeping?
We have a few suggestions that may be of some assistance to you if you have trouble falling asleep:
Get Out of Bed
If you lie down and find yourself tossing and turning, the best thing to do would be to just give up and get up. Don’t knock it just yet! Studies have shown that if you lay in bed it may reflect negative emotions within your mind and may prevent you from ever settling down comfortably within your bed. Instead, get up and go to another room or sit somewhere else and find something to do. You could read a mundane book or delve into your current hobby- however, do not turn to any electronic items. The blue light from technological devices will impact your melatonin levels and prevent you from sleeping well. Whatever you choose to do make sure it’s being done well away from your bed. When you feel yourself growing tired then you may try again.
Keep your bedroom cold to help you sleep better. When your brain is sent signals that your body is getting cold then it releases melatonin to level your body temperature. Your body will feel the need to go to sleep and you’ll drift off. Your body temperature usually drops to its lowest point between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.
Turn the Clock Around
This doesn’t have any relation to time travel. What this means is to turn your clock around so that you’re not able to see the time. If you keep looking at the clock and you see the minutes passing by, it will create nervous energy and you’ll never fall asleep. Sometimes watching the time causes too much pressure that you continuously worry and your mind will begin to race. So turn the clock around and do yourself a favor and leave it that way. You will fall asleep on your own, in due time.