Sleepless In Tacoma?

Why Can't I Get To Sleep?

Your Body Says Yes Your Brain Says No

Getting a meaningful night's sleep is becoming more and more difficult for adults and children both.  You've probably already know what it is like to be bone tired but when you lay down your mind decides to go into hyper drive and keep you awake with all the stressors of the day.

You lay there and close your eyes but you can't stop thinking.  You give up and get up, dog tired, and watch TV or read a book.  Sometime later you actually do doze off. 

What can you do to keep from repeating this night after night?

Your Brain Has A Sweet Tooth

The key to getting the body ready for sleep is to get the mind ready first.  It has to be in a relaxed mode in order to send a message to the rest of the body to get ready to shut down for the night.  You start this process during the day, not just at night.

We always talk about kids being on a sugar high.  Well the same thing applies to adults.  Cut back on sugar.  That may not be as easy as you think because sugar, or sucrose, is in a ton of food where you wouldn't expect it.  Read the labels and limit feeding that sugar high.

Caffeine is another obvious no no.  If you can, switch to  decaffeinated coffee (no real Tacoman would) and soda.  If you can't, then just cut back.  Try a cup of herbal tea before bed and see if that doesn't calm your body down some.

When There Are Just Not Enough Sheep

When food can't help try some exercise.  Stress is the likely culprit for your sleeplessness and stress leaves hormones like adrenaline and cortisol in the body.  The best way to get rid of those is to burn them off with a little aerobic exercise like walking or cycling.

Try deep breathing exercises.  Lay down and then slowly inhale from the nose and equally slowly, exhale from the mouth until you have exhausted all the air in your lungs.  This will slow down your pulse, lower your blood pressure and put you in a more relaxed state.

Go To Sleep Dammit!

Play Some Tunes For Your Brain

Your brain needs to be put in a relaxed state.  Without going into great detail, you can train your brain to resonate at a frequency that is associated with relaxation.  You can do this with a method called binaural tone or beats.  Basically tones at specific frequencies are introduced to the brain via stereo headphones.  The brain hears these tones and starts resonating at the desired frequency.

Doesn't sound particularly relaxing until you learn that the tones or beats are masked by pleasant natural sounds like water falls or rain.  If you have the headphones and 10 minutes you can listen to a binaural beat here.

Some where in these suggestions is hopefully the cure for your lack of sleep.  Just get your brain quiet, lay back, close your eyes and .........ZZZZZZ

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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hahahaha I enjoyed your hub. I wrote a similar hub to this but you made yours fun..I like this! :) Well sleepless made its way into the Hubnuggets! Sing with me...I'm dreaming of a white Christmas.... hahhahahaa maybe dreaming of snow will make someone fall asleep too?

The link to the Hubnuggets where one can vote:

To restful nights.. :)

Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

Very good ideas. My DH has difficulty sometime and I can't stand having music playing when I sleep. I must reconsider I think. Thanks for these ideas.

Congratulations on your Hubnugget Wannabe nomination!

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Rachel Willson 6 years ago Author

Hey thanks ripplemaker!

PWalker281 6 years ago

Wonderful advice! I've used many of your suggestions to get to sleep at night -- for me exercise is a must to burn up all the energy from my overactive mind, and caffeine is an absolute no-no, not even chocolate -- it stays in me for 12 hours.

I will say I am guilty of eating sugar at night. I'll have to think twice about that now. And I'll definitely look into the binaural beats.

Thanks again, and congrats on your nomination!!

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Rachel Willson 6 years ago Author

Thanks for the comment PWalker. I agree exercise works wonders. The thing is, most people do it in the morning. When I worked in downtown L.A. and was facing an hour and a half commute home each evening; I joined a gym and started working out for an hour after work. Felt great and by the time I started home the rush was over.

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