There are plenty of ways to cure your insomnia naturally without resorting to sleeping pills or other medicines.
Before resorting to anything stronger, try these ideas to help you get a good night’s sleep:
- Do your best to go to bed at the same time every night. Even at weekends, when your routine probably changes. Your body will appreciate the routine and will start to learn that it’s time for bed the same time every night in much the same way as it knows that when your alarm clock sounds, it’s time to wake up.
- Run a mental check list of your life. Is there anything that is disrupting your sleep pattern? This could be stress, maybe caused by a change of routine or even the seasons. It may be worry about money, personal life, children, etc. It could be anxiety. Check your life for anything that could be manifesting itself as insomnia, even though at first sight it’s not related to it. When you find something, work on that problem first – you may well find your sleep problem disappears at the same time.
- Stop the caffeine! Or at least restrict your caffeine intake to before, say, mid afternoon. Remember that this includes not only colas and coffee but also tea and even green tea. Don’t instantly cut caffeine out of your life completely otherwise you stand to get ratty as part of the withdrawal process.
- Alcohol isn’t a good idea. Even though you may feel drowsy after you’ve had a few drinks. Alcohol will disrupt your sleep pattern even when you do finally get to sleep. Again, you may find it best to cut down your intake rather than go cold turkey immediately – it depends on how much your body has got used to the effects.
- Take more exercise. This doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym every day, although that could be a good idea. Even just walking for say 15 minutes will help. The exercise will help your metabolism as well as your fitness and the endorphins released will boost you as well. As with caffeine and alcohol, don’t exercise too soon before going to bed.