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Tips for Dealing With Insomnia

By Paul Rothbart

Sleep is one of the most important and often most elusive experiences in life. For many people, sleepless nights spent tossing and turning are far too common. Looking at the clock, calculating how much sleep you can get if you can just fall asleep right now ... it's unhealthy and very frustrating. But what can you do? Quite a bit. You don't have to suffer with insomnia. Here are some tips to help you fall asleep faster and sleep better.

Keep a Regular Sleep Schedule

This seems simple but many people are unable to go to sleep and awaken at the same time each day. On weekends, we tend to sleep later. Perhaps there is a night when you like to stay up an hour later to watch your favorite show. An irregular schedule is one of the biggest detriments to sleeping well. Going to sleep at the same time each night and waking up at the same time each day is one of the keys to defeating insomnia. Record that show that you love, or watch it on demand. Take advantage of existing technology. On days off from work, get up at the same time. It will help your sleep and if you are like most people, you have a number of projects you can't seem to get to. These morning hours are perfect for working on them. 

Create a Good Sleep Environment

You probably have set up your work space for optimum efficiency. Maybe your kitchen as well. So, why would you not take the time to do the same in your bedroom, when sleep is so vital? Keep screens out of the bedroom. Television, phones, and tablets are distractions you don't need. You want your bedroom dark and quiet. Set a cooler temperature or use a fan. The body sleeps better when it's on the cool side. Invest in a comfortable mattress, pillows, and bedding. Some people find a white noise machine helpful. Provide yourself with everything you need for a good night's sleep.

Don't Eat or Drink Right Before Bed

Consuming food and beverages activates your digestive system. That's common knowledge. It is very difficult to sleep while your body is digesting. Try not to snack within two hours of bedtime. This is even worse if you suffer from acid reflux. With your digestive system producing acid, lying down will allow that acid to get into your esophagus. Drinking fluids can have you getting up to use the bathroom, interrupting sleep.

Insomnia is a common problem and can be quite distressful. But you don't have to just accept it. Putting some effort into preparing for sleep and following these tips can help you to sleep better consistently. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Harahan, La.

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