If you know nothing about insomnia just remember that it sucks. I have searched frantically for how to sleep better. It has been over 7 years now and let me tell you it is not easy. I only recently discovered that it is considered severe once it continues past a month. Woah. I’m 83 months past that. Boy. At first, it felt like a blessing, being able to stay up super late without the feeling of sleepiness. After a week it got old. After a month it got exhausting and after a few more it felt like a state of being. I don’t know why it started and neither do the medical professionals that helped me understand what me having insomnia means.
Basically, I don’t sleep, and when I do I don’t sleep well. There are various stages of sleep, and I do not enter deep sleep. That is when your body repairs itself and you feel well rested when you wake up. If I had to compare it to anything I guess it feels like being a zombie. Always dragging yourself around. There are good days of course but they are so few and far between that it never really changes anything. However, I am incredibly grateful that it is my biggest problem.
Here are some tips for how to sleep better:
Tip #1 Have a Comfortable Bed. I love my mattress. It is firm with about an inch of squish on t0p to make it feel like like I’m sleeping on a board. Investing in your mattress is really important. It can be the main cause of your poor sleep. I know they are expensive so I recommend waiting until the mattress you want is on sale. Usually, September Labour Day sales are the best time. While in be do not have any electronics or pets. These distractions prevent your bed from only being a place of sleep.
Tip #2 Drink Plenty of Water. Your brain is made up mostly of water. During your sleep, the brain goes through your memories, and if you are dehydrated it can affect its ability to do so. This can make you sleep poorly and feel exhausted throughout the day.
Tip #3 Eat Healthy. If you can’t eat healthy all the time, whether you have no time, or money, at least eat healthy before bed. If you feel like dirt you will likely sleep like dirt and eating healthy can help with this.
Tip #4 Exercise. If you lay in bed at night and can’t fall asleep it may be because you have too much energy. This can be prevented by exercising at least an hour before bed, to get the energy out, but not be unable to sleep since you are energised for a while after exercising.
Tip #5 Lavender Oil. I didn’t think that an essential oil could help me sleep when medicines could not. However, when I put a very small amount behind my ears and on my ankles, it created a scent that relaxes you.
Bonus Tip: White Noise. While I did not find that it helps me, my friends swear by white noise. Whether it is the sounds of the ocean or the audio of a non-exciting show it prevents you from getting lost in thoughts that could very easily be the reason you are not falling asleep.
Do you have any tips for how to sleep better?