If a person is hungry, they usually eat. So if a person is tired, why do so many people refuse to go to sleep? In today’s rat race, fast-paced society it’s easy to get lost in all the indulgences life has to offer. TV is one example. With hundreds of shows and to choose from, on demand movies, sports etc… the option to stay awake is just too tempting. Too often, this frame of mind results in body negligence. After all, I can just ‘take something for that’ if I need to fall asleep.
Well, if you really want to conquer insomnia, it just doesn’t work that way. For true long-term success, you must learn to listen and obey what your body is telling you.
The best way to achieve this is to go to sleep when your body gives you signals, such as repetitive yawning or having drooping eyes. Ignoring these ‘go to sleep now’ signals only upsets the body’s natural rhythm, often resulting in getting a “second wind” some time later — a sensation where your body starts to feel fully awake again, making it next-to-impossible to fall asleep. Your body has a limited ‘window of opportunity’ to most effectively fall asleep. Miss it and you may be in for another long night of restlessness.
While some people stay up too late, others go to sleep too early, thinking this heightens their chances of getting more sleep. But when your body isn’t ready, you may end up tossing and turning for hours before actually attaining a sleep state. The best solution is to get into a daily routine, being disciplined enough to go to sleep at the same time each night. Don’t force sleep too early. Just tune in and listen to what your body is telling you.
Before making your way to the bedroom, minimize your chances of having your sleep disrupted. One good way is to relieve yourself in the bathroom immediately before bed, especially if you’ve drank lots of liquids, have an overactive bladder, or if you have prostate or other health problems. By doing so, you can help prevent waking in the middle of the night and possibly being unable to fall back asleep again. If nighttime bathroom breaks are a chronic problem, try to limit fluid intake a few hours before bedtime.
Now that your body is telling you to fall asleep, try to create an ambient, relaxing atmosphere. As you get ready for bed, you can improve your chances for quality sleep by putting on some soothing music or lighting some incense (candles can be used if you remember to blow them out before sleep). You may also try aromatherapy or use low-watt color lighting, or changing your bed sheets, pillows and pillow covers. As you’re falling asleep the use of a sleep sound generator or white noise machine may also be beneficial.
These are just some things that might help you fall asleep easier. Use your imagination.
While the average person can fall asleep without too many restrictions, it is not so easy for the insomniac. The slightest stimuli can have an insomnia sufferer tossing and turning in bed all night. By minimizing evening distractions, creating a relaxing late night atmosphere, and falling asleep when your body ‘tells you,’ tonight just could be the best sleep you’ve had in a while.