Sweet dreams

23 Jul

Having looked at what happens when you don’t get enough sleep in our last post, we now turn our attention to how to get your forty winks without resorting to sleeping tablets.

Don’t sabotage yourself

There are simple things to avoid before you head to bed. Don’t drink coffee or eat foods high in quick release sugars such as chocolate before bed. Also avoid anything that raises your heart rate or is mentally challenging such as excessive exercise, computer games, action movies etc.

Give it time

It takes at least 20 minutes for your body to slow down to allow you to sleep so don’t stress yourself awake just yet.

Write down your worries

If you can’t clear your mind try writing down your worries as they come up. Whatever it is simply write it down and tell yourself that you are going to look at it in the morning with a clear head. The trick to this is letting the issue stay on the pad and reminding yourself that this is how you are dealing with the problem.

Get out of bed

It sounds counterintuitive, but if you haven’t fallen asleep within an hour of going to bed get up. The brain makes associations and by lying in bed thinking about your issues you are setting an example which your brain will follow. So in future instances your brain will associate bed with staying awake – not good!

If you need to get out of bed try doing a non-stimulating task, such as reading a book for 20 minutes to half an hour.

Make time for sleep

Use your brain’s tendency to make associations to your advantage, make sure you work your brain into associating a regular time at night for going to sleep and a regular time in the morning for waking. By sticking to these times your body won’t be caught off guard and will prepare itself for sleep and waking up.

Take out the distractions

If you are a very light sleeper make sure you turn off your TV and radio to avoid the sounds from effecting your sleep patterns. If you’re still awake when the music finishes get out of bed.

See a doctor

If you continue to suffer with sleeplessness, disrupted sleep or ongoing tiredness see a doctor. Tiredness is the first sign of many ailments and deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals, so it’s best to get checked out

We hope this has helped, if you have anything to add please let us know : )

Sweet dreams,

Ni, the Supplementer

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