3 Surprising Ways to Find More Sleep at Night
By Genevieve Cunningham
Sleep is such a complicated thing. While it seems as though it should be easy, the vast majority will have trouble sleeping at one point or another. Why is this a problem? It’s not necessarily because of the general fatigue that comes with insomnia (though that’s a problem, too!), but rather the multiple health problems that can be exacerbated by a lack of sleep. If you’re having trouble sleeping at night, take a look at these three surprising ways to help the problem.
Take a Nap
Many think that sleeping during the day will keep you from sleeping at night. And it can … if you sleep too long. But a quick 30- to 60-minute catnap can actually improve the odds of you falling asleep at night. Exhaustion can make it difficult to relax and fall asleep. If you’re so tired at night that you can’t relax. Try a quick nap during the day, and your nighttime hours may see an improvement as well.
The temperature of the room matters so much when it comes to sleeping. Trying to sleep in a room that’s too hot is almost impossible. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, turn the temperature way down. Make it a bit chilly in the room, and then wrap yourself in a blanket. This helps the body relax, and you may find that a deeper, more quality sleep is soon to follow.
Get Out of Bed
If you’ve been staring at the ceiling for a while, it might help to get out of the bed. Sometimes staying in bed is counterproductive. It just reiterates the fact that we can’t sleep! Try getting up, getting something to drink, making a lap around the house, or grabbing a book. This changes your train of thought and allows you to stop thinking about sleeping for a few minutes. By the time you get back in the bed, it may be a cinch to finally fall asleep.
Sleep can be tough. Insomnia is such a big presence in so many people’s lives, it can seem like an impossible task to get more rest. But don't let your health suffer! If you need help, give these tips a try, and you may finally find the rest you need for better health every day.
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