Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep, or cause you to wake up too early and not be able to get back to sleep. You may still feel tired when you wake up. Insomnia can sap not only your energy level and mood but also your health, work performance and quality of life.
Try decaffeinated coffee after diner
That after-dinner cup could be interfering with your sleep. To get a good night’s rest, avoid caffeine after lunchtime. While your body doesn’t store caffeine, it can take many hours to eliminate the stimulant from your system.
- Avoid large, high-fat meals late in the day. Studies have shown that eating a large meal close to bedtime may make it harder to fall asleep
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eat a balanced and varied diet with plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat protein sources. Eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and getting appropriate exercise or yoga can help you sleep well.
Don’t go to bed if you are not tired!
Go to bed when you’re tired and turn out the lights. If you don’t fall asleep within 15 to 20 minutes, get up and do something else. Go back to bed when you’re tired. Don’t agonize over falling asleep. The stress will only prevent sleep.
Start a relaxing bedtime routine. Do the same things each night to tell your body it’s time to wind down. This may include taking a warm bath or shower, reading a book, or listening to soothing music. Relaxing activities done with lowered lights can help ease the transition between wakefulness and sleep.
Stay away from alcohol!
Create a room that’s ideal for sleeping. Often, this means cool, dark and quiet. Consider using room-darkening shades, earplugs, a fan or other devices to create an environment that suits your needs.
Your mattress and pillow can contribute to better sleep, too. Since the features of good bedding are subjective, choose what feels most comfortable to you. If you share your bed, make sure there’s enough room for two. If you have children or pets, try to set limits on how often they sleep with you — or insist on separate sleeping quarters.