Last Updated on 2023-05-10 , 1:50 pm
Right off the bat, insomnia sucks. That feeling of not being able to fall asleep is one that no one should ever have to go through, especially when you have to wake up early the next day but you just can’t seem to doze off.
Despite how tough it may be, there are some ways to help you beat insomnia—read on.
1. Wake up the same time every day
Waking up and going to bed at the same time allows your body clock to get used to a constant rhythm. Consistency will help you to cure insomnia, as your body will naturally feel tired at that certain timing. PS: This includes weekends!
2. Avoid caffeine after 2pm
We all know how essential coffee is in our daily lives, for both students and working adults. It’s common to see coffee cups placed haphazardly on every desk at work or in the lecture theatre.
It’s fine to drink coffee in moderation daily, but if you’re someone suffering from insomnia, try restricting your intake of it after 2pm.
3. No electronics
Using your laptop or your phone before you sleep is absolutely a no-go if you suffer from insomnia. We understand you love YouTube videos and mindlessly surfing social networks, but you should know that they distract you and keep your mind awake. Instead of letting your mind wind down, you’re simply keeping it running and working. Blue light’s also shown to affect sleeping patterns.
4. Don’t take naps
Yes, granted you’ll feel more awake for the remaining half of the day, but that won’t be a good thing once night comes. Especially if you’re taking a nap at the later half of the day, it disturbs your sleep cycle, causing your body will feel more awake than ever at night.
If you didn’t get sleep at all last night, stick it out and sleep early at night.
You don’t need to read work-related things—you can simply read for fun. This helps your mind calm down and it allows you to sleep much easier. Even if you don’t like reading, there’s got to be at least one book that somewhat interests you.
You probably would not believe me but this honestly works. Most of the time, our bodies are so tight and rigid after a long day of work, which causes us to be unable to fall asleep.
Stretching helps to loosen up any tight knots and is a form of relaxation for your body. Even if you might not be able to fall asleep that quickly, you’ll feel much better after stretching.
7. Drink cherry juice
You’ve heard of people asking you to drink warm milk, but cherry juice might work better. It’s high in melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate your body clock, so it’ll will ensure that you’ll sleep peacefully and comfortably. A study published in Journal of Medicinal Food has also shown that drank cherry juice twice a day fell asleep sooner than those who didn’t.
8. Be cool
Being cool is cool for your sleep—no one likes sleeping in a hot and stuffy environment, after all.
A study conducted by the researchers at the University of Pittsburgh shows that sleeping in a cool environment can reduce metabolic activity, helping you to sleep soundly through the night.
9. Avoid big talks at night
If you have a huge matter to discuss, try to avoid talking about it right before you go to sleep. It is a stimulant that’ll keep you awake for a longer period of time, even after you’ve finished discussing it. Instead, try to unwind at least one hour before your bedtime. Listen to calm and soothing music.
10. Don’t stress out
And of course, as hard as it can be, don’t get stressed over the fact that you can’t sleep. Stop thinking about the fact that you can’t sleep and try to take deep breaths instead. The more you think about it, the more it encourages your body to stay awake.
Just close your eyes, focus on your breathing, push every thought of your head and soon you’ll find yourself fast asleep.
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