How to Fight Sleeplessness

I think that it’s been well established that sleep is important. Really, really important. Good nightly rest is vital for both your mind and for your body, and it can absolutely affect how your following day unfolds. Unfortunately, sometimes differing factors can influence the quality of your sleep. Whether it’s a snoring partner or a looming deadline, certain things can disrupt your sleep, and in turn, make you groggy and incompetent the following day. But don’t lose hope- a good night’s rest is still possible, despite extraneous circumstances! Here are a few tips and tricks for combatting a pesky night of sleeplessness:

Maintain a bedtime routine

Janet Kennedy, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, founder of NYC Sleep Doctor and author of The Good Sleeper: The Essential Guide to Sleep for Your Baby (and You), says, "We are assaulted by information all the time and it's really up to us to create routines that help separate the buzzing of the brain from our sleep routines". In order to help your body and your brain shut off for the night, it's important to take a break from social media, emails, etc. for at least an hour before bedtime. Instead, use this time to allow yourself to relax into sleep mode; take a bath, read a book, or have a warm cup of tea to help yourself wind down.   

It's pointless to go to bed if you're not tired

While it may seem like a good idea in theory to be in bed by 9 pm with the hopes of getting an extra couple of hours of shut-eye, if your body isn't tired, then you'll most likely just be tossing and turning, regardless. Experts agree that getting seven to eight hours of good, restful sleep is more efficient and beneficial for you than spending nine hours in bed, most likely not sleeping.

Keep track of what is keeping you awake. 

If your mind is racing and it won't let you fall you asleep, then consider keeping a pad of paper and a pen next to your bed. When you start stressing out about one thing or another and find that you are having trouble falling asleep because of it, jot your thoughts down on paper. By getting them out of your head and onto paper, you are allowing your brain to partially work through them and desensitizing them, thus allowing your mind to wind down.  

 

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