This site was mainly set up as a spot for people who have trouble sleeping or relaxing to come and share experiences, ideas, remedies, etc.
In this post I want to explore solutions to poor sleep patterns. In the next post I will discuss anxiety and stress issues.
I've suffered from sleep problems for about three years now. For awhile it was pretty serious, but I seem to have it mostly under control now. I'm beginning to take sleep for granted again, but every now and then I remember how horrible of an experience it was to not be able to sleep.
These are a few things that helped me to get over my insomnia problem.
1) Don't fight it too hard - I remember when the sleeplessness began; I would lie awake, usually worried or excited about something at work or in my life. I would think to myself, “Ok, just stop thinking about it or you’ll be up all night”, and that’s generally what happened. Nowadays, this situation still arises, but instead of fighting off the ideas, I pursue them and think them through to the end. I find that until I answer those questions in my head, I will never fall asleep, but if I think them through and get some closure to the issue, then eventually my mind will shut down and I’ll fall asleep. It still might take two hours or so, but at least I get some sleep.
2) Don’t nap after a poor nights sleep – Sometimes, after a rough night, I would sit at work thinking, “I can hardly wait ‘till this day is over, and then I can go home and take a nap”. Then when I would get home I’d take an hour nap before dinner. Inevitably this would lead to another poor night of sleep. I found that if you can make it ‘till evening without a nap, things generally work out better.
3) No caffeine after noon – I never was one to drink coffee after dinner time (6:00 p.m. or so), because I knew it kept me up. But, until I began cutting myself off at noon, I had no idea how that afternoon coffee affected me. I haven’t researched how long caffeine actually stays in your system, so I may be way off track here, but for me, afternoon coffee resulted in restless nights. Nowadays I never drink coffee after noon, and it makes a big difference.
4) Tire yourself out – Stay active physically and mentally. I found that socializing with friends, working on my hobbies (computer projects), or going for a walk, all helped me get a better night sleep. Passive entertainment like T.V. or surfing the net wouldn’t tire out my body or mind, and I’d find myself restless in the evening.
Well those are a few things that helped me out. I hope a few of you benefit from these, and share a few ideas of your own.