Having Difficulty Falling Asleep?

Having Difficulty Falling Asleep?

Having difficulty falling asleep is quite a common occurrence that affects millions of people every night. At some point in our lives, each one of us has had a hard time falling asleep for one reason or another. Well imagine this happening often. Scientists’ estimate 25% of Americans suffer from a sleep related disorder and this is at the top of the list. After a long time this will eventually lead to problems at school or at work, because lack of sleep eventually takes its toll on an individual. Suffering from this over an extended period of time will eventually lead to drowsiness during the day and make normal tasks difficult.

The process of going to bed should be a relatively simple and relaxing one. Sleep is one of the few times in a day that we have time to ourselves and we are at peace. Our mind and body get a chance to rest and rejuvenate. Taking a long time to fall asleep can seriously threaten how our mind and body works. First, before you go to bed you should not eat anything or drink anything other than water. Eating a lot or drinking something with sugar will often keep you awake longer. Secondly, you need to have a peaceful environment to relax and unwind. For about an hour before you go to bed, you should listen to soothing music, do some light reading, or watch relaxing television. Doing something relaxing, like reading or watching tv, will allow your mind to slowly wind down as you prepare to go to bed. Often time’s people go immediately to bed after working or doing something that either exerts their body or their mind. Finally, it is important to have a good sleeping environment. That means a comfortable bed and pillow, quiet, comfortable temperature, and usually dark.  By creating a relaxing bedroom, which is your personal sanctuary, you will increase your chances of falling asleep peacefully.

Now, once you get into bed sometimes you toss and turn. I’ve been there myself, and usually that means that I have something on my mind. If you keep thinking about something and your mind is working overtime, then you will not fall asleep. What you do is write it down in a notebook next to your bed, because it can wait until tomorrow. That way, you will not forget whatever you are thinking about.  Other little things that can help with the process include making sure you do not have to go to the bathroom, because sometimes that will keep you awake.  A headache or heartburn can also increase difficulty in falling asleep. A person preference that I have is to make sure my sheets are cool and I like my pillow cold, so that might help some people out there. Hopefully following some of these tips will help you beat difficulty falling asleep if that is a struggle for you.

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