Whether you struggle with chronic insomnia or occasional insomnia, the lack of sleep can leave you irritable, unproductive, and super stressed. You requires to live a happy and fulfilling life, and that requires sleep. Below are a few tips on what you can do when you can’t sleep at night.
Stretch And Relax
Gentle stretching will help release the tension your body is holding. This is important when stress is what’s keeping you up at night. A few other ways to release tension include a hot bath, steam, or exercising two or more hours before bedtime.
Deep Breathing Exercises
Deep breathing is an excellent way to calm your busy mind. The goal is to focus on your breath and not your buzzing brain. There is an endless list of deep breathing techniques to choose from, but try this one:
- Sit, stand or lay in a comfortable position
- Inhale deeply, allowing your belly to completely fill with air
- Hold for up to 10 seconds
- Fully release your breath and the air in your belly
- Repeat at least 10 times.
Use A Sleeping Aid
If you haven’t been able to sleep for more than a night or two, it might be time to turn to a sleeping aid to take the edge off. Head to your local health food store to look for natural products such as Rescue Remedy, chamomile tea, and melatonin. Also, consider the occasional use of over the counter and prescription sleep aids.
When you can’t sleep at night, you can’t live life to the fullest. Instead of laying there night after night tossing and turning, take a proactive approach to getting the sleep your body requires. If the tips above don’t help, it’s time to consider some major life changes that will eliminate, or help you reprioritize, the stressors keeping you up at night.