Coming home after a long day at work or doing errands can be one of the best feelings. But even better than coming home may be going to sleep.
Even though sleep is the best part of many people’s days, it’s not always easy to get some shut-eye. If you’re someone who struggles with falling and/or staying asleep, you may be wondering what’s causing it. According to the Huffington Post, you might be having issues because you’re stressed out. Stress can do a lot of damage to your body. It can interfere with your biological processes that usually help you fall asleep. Some people will turn to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) to help them reduce stress and get their sleep pattern back on track. CBT-I is a five to six-session program that documents how your sleeping. A CBT-I practitioner will help you figure out what’s stressing you out and can hopefully fix the problems.
You may be having trouble sleeping if you get frequent migraines. Vernon Williams, a neurologist and director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, spoke with Readers Digest about the headaches.
“As many sufferers know, it’s tough to stop that runaway migraine train once it gets moving, let alone try to get a good night’s sleep,” Williams said. But staying up might just make it worse. “Not getting enough sleep, and sometimes getting too much, can trigger a migraine.”
To combat the migraines and to get more sleep, eating well, staying hydrated, and keeping active can be a big help. Also, taking Vitamin B2, Feverfew, and Melatonin every day can also help reduce your migraines.
While it may seem hard to get back on track with a good sleep pattern, there are some things you can do. According to the Sleep Foundation, taking a look at your room is one thing you should do. Is your room designed for sleep? If not, remove any clutter on the floor, on the walls, and sitting in the corner. Too much stuff in one room can make your space feel overwhelming, even when you sleep.
You should also invest in comfy pillows and a mattress that fits your needs. If you’ve had your mattress for more than nine or 10 years, it might be time to start thinking about a new one. You’re not going to get a good night sleep if you’re laying on a rock.
Taking yoga classes or doing some poses right before bed can calm put you in a sleep headspace. Yoga is one of the most relaxing exercise techniques out there and it’s a great stress reliever. The top three reasons people do yoga are the enjoyment of yoga itself, yoga’s impact on health, and yoga as a stress reliever.
You may also consider investing in a hot tub. Not only do hot tubs offer many medical advantages, but they can help you chill out before bed. Many people will buy a hot tub with entertainment purposes in mind. But, 33.3% of hot tub owners purchased their tub with the primary purpose of de-stressing and thus improving sleep.
Of course, these are just a handful of ways to reduce stress and get your sleep schedule back on track. If your problems with lack of sleep persist, or if you feel fatigued no matter how much sleep you get, then it may be time to talk to your physician.
So now that you know of a few ways to help get a better night’ sleep, what will you do?