Living with Insomnia
Getting a good nights sleep is essential for good health and wellbeing, but many of us struggle to get the sleep we need. For some though, sleep can sometimes feel like an impossibility and try as they might, they just can't seem to drift off.
Sleep has numerous important functions but get too little for too long and it'll not only impact your physical health but your mental health too.
While not everything is known about insomnia and sleeplessness, if you're unfortunate enough to strugglewithh getting sufficient shut-eye, there are some practical steps you can take to maximise your chances of achieving a restful night's slumber.
Banish Insomnia With Routine
We've all gone to sleep on the Sunday before a Bank Holiday after happily turning off the alarm, only to find out that we wake up at the time the alarm would go off anyway. Such is the power of an established routine. One of the best ways to combat insomnia and sleeplessness is to impose upon yourself the routine of being in bed at a specific time, even if you don't feel tired. It takes a certain amount of time for your subconscious to catch on, but once it does, you'll find that dropping off becomes much simpler.
Another routine you should follow, that of regular exercise, seems to have little to do with sleep, but the two go hand in hand. Exercise is a great way to literally tire yourself out, but also relieves stress. People who carry more weight than they should are also more prone to snoring, so making a regular workout will benefit more than just your sleep and your health, but also annoy your partner less too!
Beating Insomnia Begins Before Bed - Take time to wind down
Transitioning from alert to asleep isn't usually something that can be done suddenly. Your body needs time to gradually wind down from one state into the other. With this being the case, take time to relax in the evening, perhaps read a book, listen to music or watch some TV in the lounge. Try to avoid eating too close to bedtime, avoid caffeinated drinks and believe it or not, alcohol should be avoided too - it might make you feel sleepy, but will reduce the quality of your slumber.
Make your bedroom a place of peace
In the modern era where electronic devices constantly distract us and demand our attention, it might be an idea to make your bedroom and electronics-free zone. Charge your phone and laptop somewhere else, get out of the habit of watching TV in your bedroom and make the bedroom as relaxing a place to be as you can. As mentioned before, your natural routines can be reprogrammed, so if your subconscious associates your bedroom as a place where rest takes place, not stimulation, simply being in there will promote sleep.
If your bed is uncomfortable it's going to hamper your chances of drifting off to sleep, so consider upgrading. At Longbeds we create bespoke beds for people of all shapes and sizes, so if you're looking to maximise your chances of a perfect night of slumber, then perhaps it's time to invest in your own health and get a bed made just for you.
Why not get in touch and inquire about the advantages of a custom made bed from Longbeds, we'd be delighted to hear from you.