When You Can't Sleep, Try These Easy Solutions
By Genevieve Cunningham
Getting a good night's sleep isn't as easy as it should be. Most adults are seriously lacking in sleep. They just don't get enough -- and it shows through our attitudes, energy levels, productivity, and overall health. Unfortunately, once we get behind on sleep, catching up feels almost impossible. Isn't there anything we can do? Or are we doomed to be fatigued forever? If you're having trouble sleeping and really need to get some rest, take a look at these three easy solutions that may help lull you to sleep on a bad night.
Drink Something Warm
When you're struggling to fall asleep, a warm drink can calm the belly, the nerves, and the mind. You've probably heard about drinking warm milk for sleep, but if that's not appealing, you can drink other caffeine-free options as well. Try some herbal tea -- peppermint, sleepy time, chamomile -- or whatever suits your taste buds. Sip slowly, warming your hands, your throat, and your stomach. When you're finished, snuggle back down in bed, and try to sleep again.
Pick Up a Book
Reading a book can be a great way to fall asleep at night. If you're in the middle of a really interesting book that's going to keep you awake, choose something else. But reading can make your brain relax. It won't be able to focus on stress from the day while it's actively reading. It may also make your eyes tired, and when you finally put the book down, you may fall asleep quite easily. If you'd rather, you could also try listening to an audio book or some soft music instead.
Stretch and Breathe
Sometimes we can't sleep because of physical tension in our bodies. If that's your situation, try getting out of bed and stretching slowly and deeply. Stretch the areas that tend to hold tension -- the lower back, hamstrings, and neck. Once you've stretched, practice some long, slow, deep breaths. Breaths that release stress as you exhale. Breaths that slow down your heart rate and allow you to relax. Once your body and brain have been through some stretching and breathing, climb back into bed for some rest.
A lack of sleep can do a number on our health and well-being. It's frustrating to say the least! But luckily, there are simple and noninvasive ways to help ourselves rest. Use these tips to relax your body and mind at night, and start getting better sleep in your life as soon as you can.
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